PHS girls track team to benefit by experience
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by Mark Cheffey
The PHS girls track and field team has a group of returning athletes eager to improve on last year’s performances along side some newcomers hoping to make their mark.
“I think we are going to be fairly strong this year,” said Coach Macy Bross of her 20 athletes. “Some of the girls may be doing some different events than what they are used to.
“We need a few girls to step up for our mid-distances like the 400 meters, 800 meters, 4 x 800 and 1,600 meter races.
“But, our long-term goal is to keep everyone healthy all year and to have as many athletes as possible make it through districts.
Returning stars include:
Abbey Redd, a senior, in pole vault and sprint relays;
Tenlee Voss, a senior, in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles;
Mallory Sublette, a senior, in triple jump
Chloe Hicks, a junior, in the high jump
Laurin Sheputis, a junior, in the 800 meters and mid distance relays;
Alaina Loman, a junior, in pole vault;
Candra King, a junior, in shot put and discus;
Taytum White, a junior, in the 200 meters and sprint relays;
Bella McBride, a junior, in the 100 meters and sprint relays; and
Sydney Compton, a sophomore, in the 100 meter hurdles and sprint relays.
“I am very excited to see what these girls are going to do this year for our team,” Bross said. “They were a huge part of our success last year and have been working really hard to improve”.
Several went to state including: Redd, second place in the pole vault; Loman, third place in pole vault, King, second place in discus and seventh place in the shot put; and Compton, fourth place in the 100 meter hurdles.
Reaching sectionals were: Sheputis, fifth place in the 800 meters; and McBride, who competed in the 100 meter dash.
Up and coming athletes include: Hailey Kroeger, a junior, in the javelin and shot put;
Lakeyn Smith, a junior, in the javelin and discus; and
Tiffany Neff, a senior, and Ava Weiman, a junior, in distance races.
“Kroeger and Smith were two new athletes to our program last year, and they made huge strides from the start of the season to districts,” Bross said. “Both athletes have been working hard on their javelin thus far this season, and I am excited to see the improvement they will make in that event.
“In addition to javelin, I am excited to see what they can add to our shot put and discus events.
“Neff missed a lot of the season last year due to injury, but we are hoping she can stay healthy to give us some points in meets.
“Weiman was our dedicated 3200 meter runner last year, and I was extremely proud of how much time she was able to take off between March and May.
“I hope she continues this trend and can get us a point or two in some meets in the 3200 meters.
New faces on the team are Sara Kleiver, a junior, and freshmen, Jerzey Ramey, Janie Triplett, Sophia Zeiger, Sandra Leon and Adyson Dorsey.
The team opens the season March 27 at South Shelby.
“Our home meet is Thursday, April 6, and I know every athlete would like to see as many people come out and support them and see all of their hard work,” Bross said.
2023 PHS Track
& Field Schedule
3/27 at S Shelby Open
3/30 at Monroe City
4/4 at C.C. Invitational
4/6 Palmyra Open
4/11 at High. Relays
4/15 at Jefferson City
4/17 at Mont. Co. Invite
4/21 at Brookfield Invite
4/25 at Macon Invitational
4/28 at Hannibal Relays
5/1 at CCC meet Macon
5/8 at Centralia Invite