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April 10, 2013

Girls track preview: Numbers critical for team success

ANDERSON, Ind. — The prolonged winter weather has finally broke and allowed the area track teams to do what many had hoped to do weeks ago — run outdoors.

Cold temperatures with a late snowfall followed by, as strange as it sounds, spring break put many teams behind the eight ball as they scrambled to set their rosters and determine where each team member fit into the dynamics of a track and field team.

Track and field is a numbers game when determining a team victory. Those with the greatest number of participants, like Pendleton Heights, are likely to earn the most points. The Arabians will bring 35 student-athletes to participate in the girls’ county track tournament on Friday. By sheer numbers alone, they have the advantage in capturing the county crown.

With the addition of a couple runners, along with some key returners, Lapel is setup to challenge in many of the events, but is still lacking in overall roster size to compete for a team title.



Alexandria

If the Alexandria girls track team wants to repeat last year’s success, they will have to do so without two of the team’s top three scores. The Tigers’ coach Tina Bolte said the team also lost depth in the distance events.

With the loss of some key members from last season’s 7-4 squad, Bolte will need some production from her younger team members.

“I believe there are some girls that will step up this season,” she said. “Juniors Allie Ward (throwing) and Brittany Clark and sophomores Morgan Oliver (distance) and Allie Mohler (throwing) have the potential to fill big roles for us this year.”

Bolte points to juniors Kelsey Crisp, Desirae Litchfield, and Courtney Skinner, along with senior Kelsey Thurber as team leaders for the Tigers in hopes they can guide Alexandria to the same kind of success it experienced last year.  

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