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The versatile Sabhin Butto is one of the reasons Grosse Ile Coach Larry Swick has an optimistic outlook on the coming season. Photo by Larry Caruso.

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The Grosse Ile girls’ track team has been gearing up for a great season and Coach Larry Swick is thrilled to have 34 girls in his fifth year as head coach.

Last season the Red Devils finished third in the Huron League (5-2) and fourth at the News-Herald Invitational and have hopes of improving this season, specifically in the distance races and field events.

In the distance events freshmen Sydney Kreger and Maria Gedris will join News-Herald 3200 M champion, Christina Hoelzle to lead the distance pack.

The three led the fall cross country team to a Huron League championship and state qualification.

Returning at mid-distance will be Catherine Polgar, Morgan Swick, Destini Pugh and Isabella De Cardenas. They will be joined by freshmen twins Emma and Jenny Rudziensky.

The returning “speedy” girls for Swick will include Sabhin Butto, Brooke Richards, Torey McNally, Isabella Rista, Meghan Livernois, Rachel Fowler and newcomer Anne Marie Buchan.

The hurdle crew will be tough with more experience than previous seasons.

Downriver League Champion (100 and 300 hurdles) Butto will be joined by Brittany Shaheen and freshman Payton Hill.

Butto will also return to the long jump where she was the league and regional champ last season.

Andrea Plemmons, Hannah Gaudette and Danielle Miles will compete in shot put and discus and Brianna Chamberlain (second in the Huron League) and Hannah Fleming will be found at the high jump.

The Red Devils welcome 13 new freshmen this season and Swick looks forward to the possibilities.

“It’s a great year to build our team,” he said. “We definitely have room to improve, but we have the leadership and desire from the team. Now we need to ‘just do it.’ We need to count on everyone to contribute.”

Grosse Ile opens their season on April 9 at Riverview.

Flat Rock

The Flat Rock Rams are young, but the team is filled with fresh, new faces looking to improve on their 0-6-1 record from last season.

Coach Dave Merkel has 25 girls out for the team this year and they have some big shoes to fill.

Last season, Flat Rock graduated Joscylin Crain who placed third in discus in last year’s D3 state meet.

“We are a pretty young team, but the girls have been working hard and hoping to improve from last year,” Merkel said.

The Rams start their season Tuesday when they host Lutheran South and DATA.


Diane Flaim is in her first year as coach for the Huron girls’ track team, but the sport is not new to her and she is in her seventh year of coaching.

The Chiefs return a host of veteran runners to help lead their new faces on the track this season.

Returning girls include; Sydney Barret, Abby Bayon, Sierra Bigham, Madison Flaim, Shannon Hallenbeck, Samantha Midkiff, Katie Sandum and Rachel Yates.

Newcomers this season are; Allyson Batson, Cassidy Deleon, Ruslana Gill, Stephanie Gillies, Emilie Martin, Monica Rosu, Hannah Tackett, Marysa Walz, Kali Williams, Taylor Price, Alyssa Foster, Jacqulin Miller, Brooke Andres, Sabrina Easley, Rachel Fowler, & Kayla Frederick.

Flaim is thrilled with the numbers this season and is expecting her team to have a strong season.

“(We have) strong distance and promising sprinters,” she said, “(along with) solid throwers with a few new members.”

Last Updated: 3/22/2013 2:50:40 PM EST