NEW LONDON, Conn. - The women's Coast Guard indoor track and field team looks to build on the success from last season that saw the team break six records between the indoor and outdoor season. With a influx of a strong underclass and an experienced upperclass the Bears will look for an eventful 2017 season.
After a third place finish at the NEWMAC cross country championships the Coast Guard distance crew is looking forward to getting back on the track. Senior Bonny Turnage is the top returning distance runner for the Bears. She held top times on the team in the 1000 (3:10.31) and the 3000 (10:36.57) during the indoor season and in the 1500 (4:53.54) and 5000 (18:16.61) during the outdoor season.
Junior Rachel Burchill is another top returner in the distance crew. She was second on the team indoors (19:53.83) and fourth on the team outdoors (19:17.95) in the 5000. Burchill will be counted on as a key member to the Coast Guard distance crew and will also be looking to make an impact come postseason competition.
Junior Ashlee Johnson leads the way in the middle distance events as she was the fastest 800 runner during the outdoor season (2:17.62). She will be an asset in all relays for the Bears during championship season and will also make an impact in her individual events.
Sophomore Anita Green and seniors Jennifer Haley and Gretchen Krause all had excellent cross country season and will hope to turn that success into fast times on the track namely in distance relays during postseason competition.
Freshman Kirsten Carson has had a great preseason for the Bears and looks primed to help the team in her first season.
Sprints will be a blend of experienced veterans and fast newcomers. Senior Sarah Cummings will lead the way for the sprints crew. She was a member of both the indoor and outdoor 4x400's that set school records and was also second best on the team in the 200 (28.43) and 400 (1:02.42)) during the indoor season.
Junior Alexandra Cobb, who was also a member of the school record 4x400 teams, is the top returner in both the 500 (1:24.25) and 600 (1:51.00) for the Bears. She will be a key member to the Coast Guard's relays come championship season.
Sophomore Caroline Jenkins was not only the Bears top hurdler last season (55m: 9.60, 60m: 10.09) but also was beneficial to the shorter distance including another member of the indoor 4x400 record team. Freshman Mary Sims will team up with Jenkins in the hurdle events.
Juniors Alexia and Gabrielle Troise have been dominant in the throwing events since they have stepped foot on campus. They both own at least one school record. Gabrielle Troise was All-New England both indoors and outdoors and the sisters will continue to lead the throwing events that were consistent point scorers for the team last season.
Freshman Hollis Roush is another talented newcomer for Coast Guard (5'0" HJ, 16'2.5" LJ) and will not only benefit the Bears in the jumping events but will also compete in the multi events.
With the combinations of veterans and rookies the women's indoor track and field team will forward to a season of improving and success.