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Women's Track & Field 2016-17 Season Preview

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

Heading into his 16th season at the helm of the Wesleyan University women's track & field program, head coach Walter Curry will look to his 11 upperclassmen to help lead the way this winter and spring. The Cardinals open their 2016-17 campaign Friday, January 6th at the Wagner Invitational, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. They will also host the Little Three Championships Saturday, January 14th and the Wesleyan Invitational Saturday, February 4th.  

The 11 upperclassmen (six seniors, five juniors) will be joined by eight sophomores and ten freshmen. Key newcomers for Wesleyan figure to be freshmen Casey Rothschild, Tara Peng, Sarah Mount and Devon Feuer. Junior Caroline Diemer will also look to make an immediate impact in her first season with the program. 


On the track, Wesleyan must replace 2016 graduate Ellie Martin, who holds the school record in the 400-meter event. Jenny Aguiar '19 and Alex Dibrindisi '19 look to fill that void as they enter their second seasons with the team, as both will compete in the 400m as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relay events. Aguiar, Dibrindisi and Ananya Subrahmanian '18 were part of the 4x400m relay team that earned NESCAC All-Conference for their performance at the conference championships in which they finished third. Molly Schassberger'17, Caroline Elmendorf '17 and Julia Mitchell '19 will look to pace the Cardinals in distance events throughout the season.


In field events, the Cardinals will look to fill the void left by school record holders Alexis Walker '16 (long jump) and Kiley Kennedy '16 (pole vault). Katie Maehl '19 and Allegra Fils-Aime '19 are key returners for Wesleyan in the high jump and triple jump. Diemer will compete in the shot put and weight throw as a newcomer to the sport, and Colleen O'Neill '18, Peng and Rothchild will be counted on to be top performers in the pole vault. Rothchild will also participate in the triple jump, and Peng will compete in the high jump.


"The team will count on the returning 11 upperclassmen to set the tone for the group. With quite a bit of talent in the sophomore class, the younger team members will need to grow-up fast, and use their abilities to support and push their more experienced leaders on the team for us to have the success that will make us a competitive force."