Track Team Faces Challenge of Division 1 Competition

Nathaniel Smith, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Notre Dame is home to many sports.  This year NDA’s track team faces a new challenge to their usual record of accomplishments.  

The division they were placed in is Division 1, the hardest and biggest high school division in the state.  However, the team does have a much bigger list of participants than they have had the past couple of years.

Last year Notre Dame’s track team had 74 members, but this year there are 104.

“With more kids running, we have added some great athletes and have the opportunity to perform much better than last year,” said Head Coach Molly French.
Last year was French’s first year as head coach.  Although it was only her first, she had the assistance of veteran coach John Nowak, who helped very much on how to manage the team.  

“There have been many times this year I wish I could sit down with him,”  said French.

The team’s strength lies in their sprints and relays.  Their throwing team is pretty good as well, for they are stronger than last year but have a lot of work ahead of themselves if they want to be some of the best in the division.  

The throwers that are coming back from last year are continuing to grow and get better than they were last year, according to Coach French.  

Looking forward to state this year, the coach says to  keep your eye open for some athletes that will surprise you.  

Senior Grace Zellner, who was a state competitor last year in the 200m dash, is expected to compete at state again this year.  

Others to watch on the girls’ side of the team are underclassmen Ellie Rose and Georgia Gregore and senior Ashlyn Arett.  There are also a few relay teams that are expected to excel.

For the boys, their sprints and relays are also very good.  Sophomore Alex Broullire and junior Charlie Sauter are two runners expected to excel in the 400m dash.