By GREG KEIM firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — GOSHEN — When Brock Maust took over the Goshen High School boys track and field program eight years ago he told them it would take four to six years to build the program.
Last season when he also became the GHS girls track and field coach he told the team they didn’t have that kind of time.
“The returning letterwinners plus the seniors and juniors understand that,” the coach said. “We placed sixth in the NLC meet and that did not sit well with the girls.”
Maust shared his thoughts about coaching both genders.
“Doing both have not been easy, but it has been the best thing for the program,” he said. “The girls are really stepping up to the plate when it comes to training with the guys. We have found out that the boys can be a big help in training the girls.
“The girls team cares about how the guys do and vice versa. There is more of a family atmosphere.”
The Redskins opened the season with a 93-39 victory over West Noble. Goshen was off last week for spring break and returns to action Tuesday in an NLC meet with Plymouth and Wawasee at Foreman Field in Goshen.
The are 15 letterwinners back for this season.
Seniors are Tori DeVries, Edith Gonzalez, Kristen Hanson, Katya Hernandez and Denisse Rodriguez. Juniors are Jasmyn Brown, Brianna Clawson, Maria Corbett, Adrienne Henke, Tricia Place, Marisela Salazar and Brianna Yoder. Sophomores are Jennifer Bustos, Kyrie Potter and Nora Rangel.
Distance was a strength of the Redskins last season as it will be again this season
Our 4 x 800 relay was pretty good and it should be good again this season,” Maust said. “Henke, Rangel and Brown all return and when we add (freshman) Ashton Ellis we think we have a pretty good one again.
“Ellis is a strong runner. She will help balance things for us in the 800 and 1,600.”
Hurdles should be another good area for the Redskins.
“Salazar is the leading 100 and 300 hurdler, “Maust said. “Hernandez is also running the hurdles.”
Field events could be another strength.
“Place is the school record holder in pole vault and she is looking to improve upon that,” the coach said. “Corbett has been vaulting and has been consistent. Corbett will also help in high jump. She went 5-2 during the indoor season.”
DeVries, Yoder and Bustos are the leading sprinters. DeVries and Yoder will compete in the 100 and 200 and “Bustos the 100.
Losses to graduation were Yeseina Cuellar, Dana Folker, Leah Kissinger, Emily Mullet, Jessica Wynn, Biviana Zepeda
Additional seniors on the current roster are Elfriede Diestel, Jennifer Esparza and Geovanna Juarez.
More juniors are Beatriz Castillo, Kristal Garcia, Perla Lozano, Jenna Minier, Bethany Pollack, Heather Ronci, Rosa Serna Vasquez and Sonia Velazquez.
Other sophomores are Melissa Aguilera, Paulina Alvarado, Morelia Capuchino Diaz, Tiffany Culp, Jacquelyne Fernandez, Kimberly Grounds, Rosio Magallanes, Shira Moore, Katie Mullet, Lidia Olayo, Courtney Pollock, Carla Rodriguez, Kara VanderWey, Carrie Whitehead, Kaley Wood and Abigail Yoder.
“Rodriguez is showing strength,” Maust said. “She threw over 30-feet in shot last year as a freshman. We are looking forward to seeing what she can do.
“This will be Alvarado’s first season, but she is showing she can help us in the sprints. Wood did not letter a year ago, but is going to help us in the throws this season.”
More freshmen are Michealle Archila, Elizabeth Black, Jayshelle Booker, Jenea Born, Makla Clark, Abbi Eldridge, Brittanie Gamez, Kaylee Hettinger, Christina Lopez, Riley Martin, Montse Reyes, Jacqueline Rivera, Kassandra Rodriguez, Monserath Rodriguez, Suzette Rodriguez, Daniela Ruiz and Lauren VanderReyden.
Assistant coaches are Brett Baranic, Rachael Baker, Chris DuBois, Brock Goodman, Kyle Laker, Kevin Park, John Place, Jesse Vazquez and Mike Wynn.
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