Freshman Marissa Widener will also be competing in distance events for Waldorf.
“Marissa [Kuik] and Charley will be taking care of middle-distance events for us and will play a big part in the 4×400 and 4×800 relays as well,” White said.
The Warriors kick off the season with at the John Creer Invitational on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Charles, Mo. Waldorf will utilize the experience of facing different competition from larger schools throughout the weekend.
“The competition this week will be at a higher level than what we’ll see for most of the season, so it’ll be a great opportunity for our ladies to see how well we match up,” White said. “It’s great when they can run alongside athletes from bigger schools. Being able to carry that experience over to smaller meets will be an advantage.”
The Warriors have their sights set on the two conference competitions this season. Conference action begins with the NSAA Outdoor Multi Championships on April 29-30 in Jamestown, N.D. Following the conference multi meet, the Warriors return to Jamestown on May 11-12 for the NSAA Outdoor Championships.
Last season, the Warriors captured fifth in the team standings behind a conference champion, who earned two all-conference performances. The NAIA Outdoor National Championships is scheduled for May 25-27 at Gulf Shores, Ala. In addition to further success on the conference level, the Warriors are shooting to qualify individuals for nationals.
“Obviously we’d like to take some ladies to nationals and I think we have several that could be really close to qualifying by the end of the season,” White said, “By the amount of talent and determination these ladies have, I believe we can score well as a team in conference despite our small size. As we saw in the indoor season, these ladies can crank out some impressive performances when they put their mind to it.”