Raider Girls Track Season Preview

March 23, 2018


Our next spring sports preview takes a closer look at the Portland High School girls track and field team.


The girls are coached by John Novara, who is in his 10th year coaching track at Portland. 


As for his outlook on this year’s team, Novara says that the team “has a nice mixture of speed, distance runners, and several quality field event athletes.  Only one freshman on the team, so it is upper class dominated.


One notable loss to graduation is all-state thrower Renee Johnson, who is now throwing for Ferris State University.


The Raiders do have some key returners.  All-state hurdler Olivia Sandborn is back after finishing 7th place in Division 2.  All-state long jumper Lesley Barker who finished 6th place in Division 2 also returns.


Novara also has high hopes for new comers Jolee Pung at high jump and mid distance, Kailen Brennan at mid distance, and Keirstyn Blaschka in long jump and sprints


The Raiders finished 4th in CAAC White in 2017.


The 2018 roster includes:


Last Name   First Name  Grade

Babcock  Ari  10

Badgero  Bailey  10

Barker  Lesley  11

Blaschka  Keirstyn  12

Blaschka  Talia  9

Brennan  Kailen  12

Brownell  Rylee  10

Cassel  Jocelyn  10

Cathcart  Mackenzie  10

Cowden  Mikayla  10

Fazakerley  Macey  11

Foote  Olivia  11

Gallt  Olivia  10

Gardner  Olivia  12

Goodman  Karley  11

Goodman  Aubrey  9

Gross  Delaney  12

Kapcia  Rachel  12

Martin  Hannah  10

Meagher  Kelsie  11

Noble  Clara  10

Pung  Jolee  11

Rutkowski  Ellie  11

Sandborn  Olivia  12

Sandbrook  Allison  12

Wakely  Hannah  10

Wilson  Julia  10

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