This Mattoon girls squad is very young. Of the 34 athletes on the team, 15 are freshman and nine are sophomores. The Green Wave have only three seniors, although one could make an All-State run.

Here is the preview of the upcoming season. 

2021 REVIEW: The Mattoon Green Wave placed fifth in the Apollo Conference last season. Kylie Haacke was the conference winner at 3,200 meters and ran at the highly competitive Palatine Distance Night Invite. Maya Cook, the team’s lone returning state qualifier, captured the conference title in the shot put, while Morgan Weaver won the discus. Cook later placed 12th at the state meet. 

KET RETURNERS: Cook already owns one invitational win this season, winning the shot put at the Charleston Indoor Meet. She should again be a contender for both the indoor and outdoor state meets.

Senior Chloe Jobe is an experienced middle distance runner. Junior Ryleigh Grayson, who placed fourth in the conference 400 meter, figures to be a key jumper as well. Oakley Layton, the team’s top distance runner, will likely run the mile. Sophomore Logan Crist is the team’s top hurdler as a sophomore, while junior Izzy Sanders is one of the top returning sprinters. 

BIGGEST CHALLENGES: Losing Haacke and Weaver will be tough. The two scored most of the team’s points last season. The team also lost top sprinter Jenaya Carter, who opted to not go out for track her her senior season. The team also lost top long and triple jumper, Macy Overton, to graduation. 

KEY MEETS: Charleston competes in the indoor Apollo Conference Championships this Saturday and participates in the outdoor Apollo championships on May 5.

ROSTER

Seniors: Gracie Niemeyer, Maya Cook, Chloe Jobe

Juniors: Alexius Williams, Aurora Scott, Izzy Sanders, Kyla Abbot, Renee Bierman, Ryleigh Greyson, Madison Barnes

Sophomores: Katelyn McIwee, Ava Houser, Aaliyah Sturdivant, Ashley Jobe, Bella Smith, Logan Crist, Makala Brown, Marshanna Blackmon, Oakley Layton

Freshman: Aiyden Buckler, Alieyaih King, Alissandra Winograd, Allison Gouveia, Brie Armstrong, CeAzia Wade, Chloe Hettinger, Gracie Willingham, Imani McGee, Jalani Brown, Keely Smith, Morgan Spitz, Kylie Gordon, Nevaeh Monegain, Taylee Haacke