If this past season was any indication, Madelyn Nelson has a bright future ahead of her as a sprinter. Nelson placed fourth in the league in the 300-meter dash at the CAL Indoor Track Championships as only a sophomore, finishing with a time of 44.65. She also was a member of both the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams, which placed 16th and sixth at the Division 4 State Championships respectively. Nelson said the highlight of her season was beating Triton in the 4x400.
Isabella Palma emerged as one of the league’s top mid-distance runners as a sophomore this past winter, placing third in the 600-meter run at the CAL Indoor Track Championships with a time of 1:43.60. She was also the top sophomore competitor in the event at the Division 5 State Championships, where she finished 12th in the state with a nearly identical time as her CAL time. Palma is also a standout performer in the classroom, where she maintains a 4.2 GPA.
One of the league’s top shot putters, Marissa Randall placed second at the CAL Indoor Track Championships with a 35-4 1/4 throw. She went on to place third in the state at the Division 5 State Championships, improving her distance by about two feet, and at All-States she placed 11th in the state overall. During the course of the season, Randall broke the school’s shot put record, and she credited her success to the team’s throwing coach, Keith Walton.
Jessica Savage was one of Triton’s busiest athletes this year, competing in nearly every distance event offered to her. She placed fourth in the league in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:12, and she also competed in the mile and 2 mile during the regular season, running times of 5:54 and 12:47 respectively. She was also a member of Triton’s 4x800 relay team, which took second at the CAL Indoor Track Championships and eighth at the Division 4 State Championship meet. Savage credits teammate and Daily News Girls Track Athlete of the Year Kerstin Darsney as a role model, saying she’s inspired her to work hard and become a better athlete.