Denny Beatty sees promise in the numbers.
Three years ago, The Galloway School’s track team attracted only a dozen members, said Beatty, the school’s track coach. This year, the number of students on the track team is up to 34.
More team members mean the team can compete in more events. And that, Beatty hopes, means more total points in big meets, which should translate into more success for the team.
“Team-wise, we’ve never finished that high in the regionals, but I’m thinking we should finish high in the regionals [this year] because of the quality of our team,” he said.
“We have some talent. Hopefully we can put together a complete track team. A lot of times, smaller schools struggle to compete in all the events. … With 19 boys and 15 girls, we might be able to compete in all events.”
Beatty thinks many of his strongest competitors will be distance runners. “At Galloway, we have a little bit of a running culture,” Beatty said.
Last fall, Galloway cross-country runner Calvin Henry finished seventh in the state, Beatty said. This spring, Henry is expected to compete in the 3,200-meter or 1,600-meter events. His sister, Caroline Henry, who finished ninth in the state in cross-country, Beatty said, also will compete in distance events on the track team.
Senior Anna Gabianelli will run the mile or two-mile races, he said. “She’s my leader. She’s our voice. She trains hard,” he said.
And freshman Reilly Friedman, who finished 12th in the state in cross-country in the fall, Beatty said, also should be competitive in longer track races. “He will definitely be a two-miler for us,” Beatty said.
In shorter races, Beatty looks for contributions from senior Michael Eleby in the 100- and 400- meters and the 4 x 100 meter relay, and from sophomore Nick Campell in the 100-meters. Campbell finished seventh in the regional in the 100 last year.
Sophomore John Gabianelli plays golf, and pitches and plays first base on the Galloway baseball team. As a golfer, he qualified for the Georgia Mid-Amateur Tournament in 2011.
Soccer Coach Sarah Armstrong describes senior soccer goalie Aubrey Stone as “fearless.” “Her desire as a keeper is to do anything to stop that ball,” Armstrong said.
Senior Megan Culberson, a midfielder on the soccer team, stands out for “her speed, her natural ability to know the game and read the ball,” her coach said.