Bentonville West Girls 2017 Season Preview

COACH Todd Boddie

LAST YEAR’S RECORD This is the Lady Wolverines’ inaugural season.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Bailye Pratt of Bentonville West competes in the long jump Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, during the 5A-7A State Indoor Championship in the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the meet.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Bailye Pratt of Bentonville West competes in the long jump Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, during the 5A-7A State Indoor Championship in the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the meet.
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.

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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