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Revere girls track coach pleased with team’s progress

5/8/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — Revere High School girls track head coach Terry Cistone said he is pleased with the progress his team has made this season.

“Our record last season was 1-6, and we had one first-place invitational win at the New Philadelphia Invite,” he said. “This season, we are 2-3 with two invitational first-place wins, along with a second place at the Orange High School Relays. We are a much better team this season, with a lot of young girls who are doing a great job for us.”

Cistone said he is excited to see how this team will perform down the stretch and into the postseason.

“We are in a very difficult Suburban League, and this year we are finally winning some and competing against very good competition,” he said. “I am hoping that we can do well in the postseason and send a couple of girls down to Columbus for the state meet.”

Making Revere’s improvement more impressive this year is the fact the team is led by an especially small senior class this season.

“We only have four seniors on the squad: captains Marissa Harbath and Danielle Baker, along with seniors Andrea Johnson and Jenny Glowe,” the coach said. “Marissa Harbath is a four-year letter-winner who is one of the better long jumpers in the area and is a part of our 4x100 and 200 relay teams. Marissa is going to run track next fall at Mount Union College. Danielle also is a four-year letter-winner, and she throws the shot [put] and discus for us.”

Revere also features an “outstanding” junior class this season, Cistone said, led by Julie Garcia, Stephanie Bierman, Larissa Kurtz and Natalie Pasczynk.

“These four juniors are definitely college prospects,” he said. “We are looking for them to go far this year at the districts and regionals, and we are hoping some make it down to the state championships.”

According to Cistone, Revere’s postseason chances are boosted by the team’s ability to put up quality performances in events across the board.

“Our field events are very strong. We have scored points in all of them, with Larissa Kurtz in the pole vault and jump, and Harbath in the long jump, along with Danielle scoring in both shot and disc,” he said. “We have good speed, and a very good [distance] runner in Pasczynk, but we need to improve with our mid-distance runners.”

Cistone said he is looking for some of the squad’s younger runners to make continued improvement in that area.

“Freshman Audrey Harding and sophomore Crystal Mortimer have pretty much carried the load in the mid races, and Garcia and Bierman have done a great job with the 100 and 300 hurdles,” he stated. “Also, sophomore Kailey Gentner and freshman Allie Charara are very good young sprinters for us.”

Cistone took over as head coach of the girls track team five years ago, and he said he is enjoying the challenge of building the program alongside his coaching staff.

“My assistant coaches are Phil Mogus, who handles all the shot and discus, Jenn Exten, who coaches all mid- and long-distance runners, and Chris Glowe, who coaches our pole vault team,” he said. “It is very enjoyable coaching this team, and it looks very promising for next season with a lot of the girls coming back.”

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