Women’s Track & Field 2018 Season Preview

Photo by Paul Brandon
Photo by Paul Brandon

2018 SEASON OUTLOOK

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's track & field team hopes its season-opening Wagner Invitational meet on Friday, Jan. 5, at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y., will be the beginning of a strong 2018 campaign.

The Cardinals will host a pair of high-level meets this season with the Little Three Championship (Jan. 13) and the Wesleyan Indoor Invitational (Feb. 3) taking place at the Bacon Field House in Middletown, Conn.

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Head coach Walter Curry, who has done a phenomenal job leading the program, enters his 17th season at the helm, and he has surrounded himself with some outstanding assistants in John Crooke, Andrea Clarke, Bob Gemski, Frank Wolak, Kendall Walker and Scott Bushey.

The Cardinals are thrilled to welcome a 12-athlete, first-year class, to go along with five seniors, six juniors and six sophomores.

MEET THE TEAM

  • Wesleyan will rely heavily on junior Julia Mitchell, as the Bellevue, Wash. native has been a star for the cross country and track & field programs – taking home four first-place honors in individual events on the track last season. She also performed admirably at the 2017 NESCAC Championship, grabbing eighth-place recognition during the 1,500m.
  • Junior Jenny Aguiar, who finished with eight first-place nods during the 2017 season, will continue to be a focal point in the Cardinals' lineup. The Port Washington, N.Y. native finished third overall in the 400m with a time of 56.93 at the New England Outdoor Division III Championship, as the mark set an indoor school record.
  • Junior Alex Dibrindisi, senior Ananya Subrahmanian and Aguiar earned NESCAC All-Conference honors in the 4x400m relay during the 2016 season. Dibrindisi and junior Allegra Fils-Aime were phenomenal in relays last year – earning first-place accolades together during the 4x400m relay event at the Elmer Swanson Invitational. Dibrindisi was also involved in first-place efforts during the 4x400m relay at the Amherst Spring Fling and the 4x200m event at the Gordon Kelly Invitational, while Fils-Aime finished first overall in the 4x400m relay at the Silfen Invitational.
  • Katie Maehl showcased her talent level in field events last year, as the junior standout placed first overall in the high jump at the Wesleyan Spring Classic, and then at the NESCAC Championship, she claimed a fifth-place finish in the same event. 
  • Sophomore Tara Peng, who was a NESCAC scorer in the pole vault last year, was an immediate impact competitor during her rookie season. The Marlborough, Conn. native flexed her muscles at the NESCAC Championship – earning a fifth-place finish in the pole vault. She also placed 15th overall in the pole vault against a great deal of talent at the New England Outdoor Division III Championship.
  • Senior Caroline Diemer finished with five top-three finishes and was a NESCAC scorer in the shot put and hammer throw last season, while grabbing first-place recognition during the weight throw at the Wesleyan Spring Classic. Senior Colleen O'Neill finished in the No. 2 and 3 places, respectively, in the pole vault event at the Wesleyan Spring Classic and the Elmer Swanson Invitational.
  • Wesleyan's first-year competitors consist of Camille Balicki, Julia Cella, Lizzie Edwards, Isis Gaddy, Becky Lopez-Anido, Carolina Mahedy, Charlotte Mittenthal, Anne Peartree, Shannon Sweeney, Emma Trapani, Ivie Uzamere and Isobel Wright. Sophomore transfer Sydney Forrest will also enter her first year in a Cardinals' uniform.

HEAD COACH WALTER CURRY

"The team will count on the senior leaders to set the tone for such a young group. With quite a bit of talent in the junior class, the younger team members will need to watch, listen and learn. Their ability to support and push their more experienced leaders on the team will be very important if the women want to reach the level of talent they have shown in preseason and in practice."