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by Mark Cheffey
Many of the athletes who went to state last year are coming back for the 2022 PHS girls track and field season, and that’s just fine to new coach, Macy Bross.
“I’m really excited,” said Bross who has some young athletic talent joining the returning veterans for what she hopes will be a strong push toward state this year.
“Our goal is to move girls past districts into sectionals and even on to state,” Bross said.
Leading the group of returning state qualifiers includes junior, Abbey Redd, the reigning Class 2 state pole vault champion.
Also returning are:
Mallory Sublette, a junior, who took fourth place in the triple jump;
All four members of the 4 x 400 meter relay team, Sublette, Lauren Sheputis (sophomore), Alaina Loman (sophomore) and Taytum White (sophomore), who took sixth place;
three members of the sixth-place 4 x 800 meter relay team, including Sheputis, Loman and Jeorgia O’Brien (junior);
Candra King, a sophomore, who placed seventh in the shot put while also competing at state in the discus;
two members of the eighth-place 4 x 200 meter relay team, Sublette and White;
Loman, who finished eighth in the pole vault; and
Chloe Hicks (sophomore) and Dyoni Mundy (senior), who finished 11th and 12th respectively in the high jump.
Also having success last year and coming back are senior, Jaynee Durst, a javelin thrower, and Jansen Juette, who had to sit out last year due to injury.
“I’m really excited to have her back for her senior year and fill some the senior holes,” Bross said.
Also hoping to make their mark on the team are juniors, Emma Krigbaum, Tenlee Voss, Tiffany Neff and Alyssa Noland, sophomores, Isabella McBride, Ava Weiman, Lakeyn Smith and Hailey Kroeger; and freshmen, Sydney Compton, Madi Fessenden, Delanie Sprinkle and Savanah Bier.
While she is no stranger to head coaching, having led the Clark County softball program before coming back to her alma mater, Bross was also a dedicated track and field athlete in addition to being a softball standout.
“And, it was nice I was able to help out last year,” Bross said. “I got my feet wet last year, and now I’m excited to take over.
“It’s definitely a learning experience.
Assisting in the coaching this year are Nick Mudd, Mark Lickfeld, Josh Buatte and Darin Redd.
The track season opens this Monday at Winfield, prior to Palmyra’s first home meet next Friday.
2022 PHS Track
& Field Schedule
3/21 at Winfield Invite. 4 p.m.
3/25 Palmyra Dual 4 p.m.
3/29 at QHS 4 p.m.
3/31 at MC Invite. 3 p.m.
4/5 at C.C. Invite3:30 p.m.
4/8 vs. multple 4 p.m.
4/12 at High. Relays 3 p.m.
4/15 at Jeff. City 10 a.m.
4/22 at Brookfield 10 a.m.
4/26 at Macon 2:30 p.m.
4/29 at Han. Relays 3:30 p.m.
5/4 at C.C. 3:30 p.m.