COACH Todd Boddie
LAST YEAR’S RECORD This is the Lady Wolverines’ inaugural season.
KEY PLAYERS Anna Griffin (Jr.), Bailye Pratt (Jr.), Lilly Donnell (Jr.)
TOP NEWCOMERS Megan Martin (Fr.), Alyssa Martinez (Fr.), Ashley Lestina (Fr.), Gracey Posey (Fr.)
THE SKINNY Boddie made the move to West after being an assistant coach at Bentonville, and he did inherit a little bit of experience. Griffin was the Class 7A state runnerup in the shot put, and Donnell finished eighth and scored in the pole vault while at Bentonville last season. Pratt, meanwhile, was a state champion in the long jump last spring in Oklahoma.
Boddie was encouraged by a couple of strong showings from Martin and Martinez during cross country and hopes they can convert to points in distance events. Meanwhile, Lestina and Posey have shown promise in the sprints, with Posey finishing third in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200 during the Y-Timing Invitational.
“It’s been fun,” Boddie said of building the team, especially since tryouts weren’t held until January. “It’s been a good thing to see the way the girls have responded to a new coach and a new system.”
KEY DATES March 10 — first full meet with the Whitey Smith Relays in Rogers; April 6 — Joe Roberts Relays in Springdale, the first meet scheduled after spring break. April 27 — 7A-West Conference meet in Fayetteville.