Coach: Ted Genger
Last year: Finished 12th at the Northwest Conference Championships with 12 points. ... Finished 11th at the Class 3A District 1 Championships with 7.5 points. ... Did not record Class 3A State Championships points.
Returning state participants: None
Others to watch: Cheyenne Joshua (sr., sprints/relays); Jazlynn Ahrens (so., hurdles/jumps); Darrien Camarillo (so., throws/relays); Paige Devine (fr., hurdles/relays); Jordin Bartel (sr., jumps); Jana Peterson (jr., distance); Gabriella Gould (jr., pole vault); Mckenna Rybka (sr., throws)
Outlook: Ferndale didn’t bring a competitor to the state meet last spring, but there’s a good chance that will change this year. The Golden Eagles perhaps don’t have the star power, but they are extremely deep and the team is filled with promising up-and-comers and some veterans who are looking to break through. “I really like my girls,” Ferndale coach Ted Genger said in a phone interview. “They are real committed and have a great work ethic. They take it seriously, and I’m really excited for our relays.” The Golden Eagles have 96 athletes out between the boys’ and girls’ teams, and such a large number should help Ferndale be competitive at most meets. Some of the girls who could make a strong relay group include senior captain Cheyenne Joshua, sophomores Jazlynn Ahens and Darrien Camarillo and freshman Paige Devine. Senior Jordin Bartel returns to competition in the long and high jump, Jana Peterson headlines the Golden Eagles’ distance group and Mckenna Rybka is a key part to a very deep Ferndale throwing crew. Genger said 16 athletes competed in the javelin during the team’s first meet.