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April 12, 2014

Girls track preview: Top spot up for grabs after graduation losses

Top spot up for grabs after graduation losses

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That foursome will also make up the squad’s 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.

Freshmen Brooke Haalck and Kaylee Gebhart will be the squad’s top sprinters. They will likely be joined by sophomores Maya Valadez and Melanie Nicholson on the 4x100 relay.

Freshman Arienna Ewing was slated to be the squad’s top pole vaulter before breaking her arm in the Comets’ season-opening meet with Northwestern. Ewing will not be able to compete in the pole vault for the remainder of the season, but will remain as the team’s primary hurdler.

Juniors Jenni Keith and Danielle Reed will anchor the throws, while Haalck will handle long jumping duties and junior Alicia Eckart will hold down the high jump for the Comets.

“We’re just looking to get better every meet right now,” Goodspeed said. “We are used to winning the conference, so that will continue to be the aim until someone knocks us off. But, we understand Northwestern is going to be a really stiff challenge for us. But, we are just going to do our best. We want to be at the top of our conference. And, if we’re not first we want to be second, and if not second, we want to be third. I think that’s our approach.”

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After tying for runner-up honors with Northwestern in the sectional a season ago, the Wildkats return a a solid of core of state finalists, which gives second-year head coach K.O. Jackson a high level of confidence heading into Season 2.

“We plan to be competing on the first day in June in Bloomington,” Jackson said. “We plan to be in the state meet making noise and scoring points. That’s our plan. That’s our goal. That’s our mission. It’s why we work so hard. ... We are at the point where we expect to be in big meets. Now we have to get to the point where we expect to win big meets. That’s the mental part of track and field. That’s why I love it.”

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