The Valley Catholic track teams proved it last year.
They proved their ability in Lewis & Clark League action and proved it again at state, both VC teams eventually finishing fourth in the Class 3A meet.
Now, they're ready to rumble again.
The girls should place high at districts and be in the mix at the state meet, said Valley Catholic coach Tommy Manning. But staying healthy is the key.
This year's team will be led by sprinters Gabby Rosenthal and Claire McLoughlin (she was second in the district 100 and sixth in the 200), sprinter/hurdler Mikaela Bernards (she was first in the district 100 meters and third at state), by middle distance runner Makenzee Cleveland (she was first in the district 400 and second at state, then second in both the district and state 800), and by hurdler/jumper Addie Flemmer (she was fourth in both the district long jump and triple jump).
The girls are loaded with talent this year, Manning said, adding that Rosenthal, Cleveland, Bernards, McLoughlin and Flemmer are the definite leaders and top point-getters and are all state returners.
There's more talent too, including Chelsea Alsdorf, Reilly Blood, Hannah Rehm, Katherine Jesse, Meg Rapp, Maricela, Jaroch and Grace Mannen.
The girls are working very hard and excited about their chances and potential this year, Manning said, adding that he expects 2012 L&C champ Catlin Gabel to be strong again..
100-200 Gabby Rosenthal, Mikaela Bernards, Claire McLoughlin. 400-800 Makenzee Cleveland, Chelsea Alsdorf, Reilly Blood. 1500-3000 Maricela Jaroch, Ermina Lee. Hurdles Bernards, Addie Flemmer, Jessie Beyer. Jumps Flemmer, Grace Mannen. Throws Katherine Jessie, TinTin Luu.
On the boys side, Valley Catholic is younger and less experienced, but still talented enough to expect big things in 2013.
With only a handful of seasoned returners, our success lies on the underclassmen stepping up and performing to their capabilities, Manning said. But I think the boys will be in the top half of the league.
This year's team will lean on those seasoned returners, distance runner Cooper Roach (he was fourth in both the district 1500 and 3000), Wilder Boyden (he was fifth in the district 800), Zach Holden (he was fifth in the 100 and eighth in the long jump).
They are the team leaders and should be the top scorers, Manning said. Cooper and Wilder hope to be state qualifiers and Zach is in the mix to go to state, too.
Catlin Gabel will be strong again on the boys side, as will OES, Rainier and Warrenton.
100-200 Zach Holden, Trevor Baek. 400-800 Cooper Roach, Wilder Boyden. 1500-3000 Cooper Roach, Wilder Boyden. Hurdles Tysen Prunty, Ben Klass. Jumps Zach Holden, Tyler Nguyen. Throws Tyler Nguyen.