With top-level talent and depth in the program, Wauwatosa West's girls track and field team has its sights on a big season.
The Trojans return three state qualifiers from last year's team that took 12th place at the WIAA Division 1 state meet and won the 4x100-meter relay championship for the second consecutive year.
Cheri'A Adams returns looking to cap what has already been an accomplished career, having qualified for state in 10 events over her first three years at Tosa West. The senior went to state in the 100-meter dash, triple jump, the 4x200 relay and helped the Trojans defend their title in the 4x100 relay a year ago.
She suffered a sprained ankle while placing eighth (36-11-1/2) in the triple jump, an ailment that affected her performance in the 100-meter dash. Adams fought through the injury in the 4x100 relay but was replaced by alternate Kayla Crump in the 4x200.
"She is a stud sprinter that is ready for her senior year," Wauwatosa West coach Jack LoPresti said. "Cheri'A is an excellent 100 and 200 sprinter and triple jumper. She will be looked to for her leadership, and we are very happy that we have her around for another season. She's a great competitor and teammate."
Also returning after qualifying for state are junior Breanna Weigman and Crump.
Crump took 14th at state in the 300 hurdles (46.86 seconds) and ran as part of the 4x200 relay that placed fourth (1:43.03).
"She is an excellent hurdler," LoPresti said. "Kayla will be working hard to break the school record in the 300 lows. She had a great offseason and will be a tough hurdler for us in the highs and lows. She's a great leader and a real joy to have on the team."
Weigman finished 10th in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches, was part of the state-champ 4x1 and won a sectional title and placed 17th at state in the 200-meter dash (26.64 seconds).
"Excellent high jumper and sprinter," LoPresti said. "We are looking forward to her continuing to make great strides this spring."
Tosa West will have its fair share of holes to plug with the graduation of three talented and impactful seniors. Mercy Ndon and Azya McLin have moved on to the college level at UW-Milwaukee and Indiana State, respectively, after serving as half of the 4x1.
McLin also took third place in the 100-meter dash (12.54 seconds), while McLin and Ndon both were on the 4x200 relay with fellow senior Brianna Horton, who placed 10th in the 300 hurdles (47.76 seconds).
"We have a great crop of new freshmen we are excited about," LoPresti said. "We have a solid group of returning sophomores that will give us depth in the 100, 200, and 400-meter events. We are really excited about this year's team. The team has great chemistry already, and we are looking forward to things down the road in June."
Tosa West was scheduled to open its indoor schedule with a quad at Brown Deer High School on March 14, an invitational at New Berlin West High School on March 15 and a meet at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on March 18.