By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI

LYNNFIELD — Christine Smith is back for her 9th season as the head coach of the Lynnfield High girls track and field team this spring.

Last year, the Pioneers were 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the Cape Ann League Baker Division. Four seniors graduated from that team.

When practice opened on March 18, Smith welcomed back 20 veterans. Four of them are this year’s senior captains: Olivia Goguen (400-hurdles, long jump and sprinter), Viola Wertz (distance), Emilie Bell (shot-put, discus and javelin) and Melissa Caprio (long jump, triple jump, and sprinter).

The two other 12th-graders returning are Liv Scire (thrower) and Adrianna Boccilli (discus).

Four key juniors returning are Chase Carangelo (high jump, sprinter), Ava Willoughby (sprinter), Gabby Bottaro (distance) and Maeve Donovan (pole vault, sprinter).

Sophomores back are Abby Lopez (thrower, 800-meters), Aislin McCormack (hurdles, sprinter) and Shea Moore (pole vault, sprinter).

“We had a nice turnout,” said Smith, about the preseason. “We have nine more members than last year on the roster.”

Numbers were an issue for the team last year as they finished with just 27 athletes as the Pioneers had one of the smallest rosters in the CAL.

Lynnfield will have four dual meets this spring. They will face Hamilton-Wenham, Amesbury and Ipswich twice. Only one of the Ipswich meets will count as a league meet.

That CAL meet against Ipswich will be the 2024 opener on April 10 as they will host the Tigers at the Lynnfield Middle School starting at 4 p.m.

“About 70 percent of the girls were on the indoor team this winter,” pointed out Smith. “That is a big advantage for us since they are already in good shape heading into our spring season.”