Coach: Stewart Behm, 19th season
2013: Fourth in the Midland Athletic League.
Returning letterwinners: Seniors Emma Brodman (throws); Olivia Smith (mid-distance); Megan Somodi (sprints); Emma Sullivan (sprints). Sophomores Sydney Berlekamp (distance); Corinne Harris (mid-distance); Hailey Kapelka (throws); Danielle Kontak (mid-distance); Kerrigan Kwiat (sprints); Mallory Paul (sprints); Morgan Smith (mid-distance); Katie Tiell (mid-distance).
Others: Seniors Kate Brickner (LJ); Carmella Fabrizio (distance). Sophomore Taylor Ritzler (LJ). Freshmen Rachel Bores (throws/sprints); Sophie George (sprints); Laura Haley (sprints); Clare Sullivan (sprints); Bradlee Warnement (sprints).
Outlook: It would be easy to understand if Olivia Smith got lackadaisical about running this spring.
But nothing could be farther from the truth for the two-time state champion in the 800 run.
"There's coaches that go their entire career that don't get a chance to coach someone like Olivia, and I'm just humbled to be given this opportunity," said Behm, who has been coaching Olivia since she was a seventh grader.
But Smith is hungry for more than just a third straight title in her final season as a Seneca. She'd like to get a few more titles along with it, and have her friends help. ?Last year, the 4x400 and 4x800 relays also made the trip to Columbus with Olivia Smith, Morgan Smith, Kontak and Marisa Horn making up the crew. Horn has graduated, leaving Behm looking for a replacement.
"I think we just have to replace Marisa Horn's spots," Behm said. "The three that stick out: Sydney Berlekamp, Corinne Harris and Katie Tiell. We'll experiment throughout the year and see who steps up."
Last year, the 4x400 crew was ninth at state while the 4x800 team finished 12th.
Behm said one other relay could get there: the 4x100. That relay team has everyone back, including Kontak, Somodi, Emma Sullivan and Paul.
In the midst of all that, it will be the final rendition of the MAL.
"Again the depth is going to hurt us based on our numbers and depth in each event," Behm said. "You've got Carey and St. Joe. I think they're the favorites again. I'm sure Carey is probably going to be right up there again. They're well coached and they have a lot of good girls."
So while winning the league may be a formidable task, Behm said placing at state isn't out of the question.
"I'd like to see us fill those positions Marisa vacated and get those relays on the podium, and give the 4x100 a little redemption for this year," Behm said.