Numbers, expectations up for RAHS girls track and field

The Roseville Area High School girls track and field team has missed the last four state true-team meets. An uptick in numbers this season has the Raiders looking to put that streak to rest.

Roseville had 110 girls come out for the team this year, and head coach Greg Ueland expects that to help with depth, which is key in competing at the true-team level.

“That’s the largest number we’ve had in quite a while,” Ueland said. “It’s very exciting, very promising.”

With the graduation of two stellar performers from last year, Roseville might not have as much top-end talent this season, but there should be plenty of balance.

“I think this is definitely going to be our most balanced team and our most versatile team,” Ueland said. “We’re going to be stronger in a lot of events.”

One area where Ueland, who is in his fourth year as head coach, expects to see marked improvement is in the field events.

Back to lead the throwers is senior Monica Burich, who will play Division I college basketball next year, but not before completing one final track season. She went to state in the discus as a sophomore and also competes in the shot put. She finished third in both events at sections last year.

Other returning state entrants include senior Sophia Miliotis and sophomores Megan Eklund and Nicole Willmus. All three were members of Roseville’s 2014 state 4x400-meter relay team.

Willmus is also the team’s top 400-meter runner and finished fourth at sections last year.

Junior Allison Arsenault is back to lead the high jump corps and the distance crew added a transfer from Edina, junior Sarah Conlon. Roseville also has an impressive hurdler in eighth-grader Erin Beer.

If Roseville is going to realize its goal of getting back to the state true-team meet, it is going to need to challenge Mounds View, which has owned the section true-team title since 2005.

“We’ve been second to Mounds View for a number of years in a row,” Ueland said. “Last year it was closer than it had been in a while.”

Mounds View is also the team to beat in the Suburban East Conference according to Ueland. The Mustangs are the two-time defending conference team champions.

Ueland also expects East Ridge to field a strong team and he sees White Bear Lake as a team on the rise.

“Our conference never gets any easier,” Ueland noted. “Sometimes it feels that the conference is tougher than the state meet. Our conference is ridiculous and it’s going to be no different this year.”

Roseville will get a good look at what the rest of the conference has at its first outdoor meet on Tuesday when it hosts the conference relays. The Raiders are also scheduled to compete in a meet at Prior Lake on Thursday.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


2015 Roseville Area High School girls track and field schedule

April 7    Suburban East Conference relays    3:45 p.m.
April 9    Invitational at Prior Lake        3:30 p.m.
April 14    SEC unlimited at Mounds View    3:45 p.m.
April 16    Invitational at White Bear Lake    3:30 p.m.
April 21    Roseville Invitational        3:45 p.m.
April 24    Hamline Elite Meet        5:30 p.m.
May 1       at Wayzata            4 p.m.
May 5     Section true team meet         3:15 p.m. at Mounds View    
May 19    Conference prelims at East Ridge    3:15 p.m.
May 21    Conference finals at East Ridge    4:15 p.m.
May 26    Section 4AA prelims at Stillwater    3 p.m.
May 28    Section 4AA finals at Stillwater    3 p.m.
June 5    State meet at Hamline        9 a.m.
June 6    State meet at Hamline        9 a.m.
 

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