STORM LAKE - The prognosis for the girls track season at Storm Lake St. Mary's is already better - and the season hasn't even begun yet.
Last year, there were a total of just six athletes donning uniforms, making it difficult to accomplish anything in meets.
This season, however, there will be 15 athletes on the squad when the Panthers open the season April 3 at the Lawton-Bronson Invitational.
First-year coach Angie Launderville returns Erin Nurse, Jen Petersen, Bri Barber, Ashley Hammen and Amanda Sheller as letterwinners.
Joining them will be newcomers Marisha Imming, Michelle Drey, Lindsey Clausen, Bridget Smith, Kayla Snyder, Peggy Ploeger, Matty Richardson and Maddie Rust.
With more numbers means higher expectations for the Panthers.
"I look for our upperclassmen to be leaders for the freshmen," Launderville said. "Our goal this year is to fill as many events as possible. I think these girls have been through a lot already and the season is just starting."
"If they work hard and stay injury free, we have high hopes for several relays," Launderville added. "There are also some individual events that we expect good times in also."
Read the rest of this story in the 3/27 Pilot Tribune.