Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


April 12, 2014

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

Top spot up for grabs after graduation losses


The Kats are led by a pair of perennial state qualifiers in seniors Summer Blackamore and Anh Pham.

Blackamore, an Indiana State recruit, is a three-time state qualifier in the shot put, finishing fifth a season ago. She also finished seventh in the discus at the state finals, and will lead the throwing crew.

Pham is a two-time state qualifier in the pole vault, and is hoping for a little bit better luck this season after entering the state finals with injuries the past two seasons.

Seniors Brianna Lancaster and Raven Pugh return to a 4x100 relay team which finished 17th in the state finals a season ago. They will be joined in the sprints by junior Jania Eddington, a transfer from Taylor, as well as sophomores Nabria Richardson and Quaynika Merriweather and freshman Jayda Andrews.

Pugh and Lancaster are also the team’s top hurdlers.

Freshman Lana Pham and sophomore Deju Miller are the team’s top high jumpers. Miller was the sectional runner-up a season ago as a freshman.

Sophomore Taylor Coram and freshman Ja’Lyn Thompson will handle long jumping duties.

Lana Pham and freshman Cinnamon Andrews will lead the distance crew, where they will be joined by junior Meghan Pier, sophomore Grace Burton and freshman Brooke Smith.

“We want to be the best and compete against the very best,” Jackson said. “That’s the only way in this sport you get better. That’s why you have to take your hat off to the ladies who started training in the summer for an opportunity to compete the first weekend in June. That type of dedication is rare. That’s why I am endeared to this team and program.”


The Purple Tigers return nearly all of their points from last season’s sectional runner-up finish, and with a pair of school records already falling early in the season, coach Mary Clem is hopeful that her team can break through and win the program’s first sectional title.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • NCAA Concussion Lawsuit-9 [Duplicate] NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, socce

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Downey, Keagan mug Sixers begin state tourney play today The Kokomo Post 6 baseball squad heads to the American Legion state tournament at Plymouth today brimming with confidence. That’s good and bad.“I believe every time we step on the field our kids believe they are the team to beat,” said Kokomo skipper

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Tuesday, July 29 Northwestern sets 1st practice timesNorthwestern has announced its first practice times and dates for high school and middle school sports. All athletes must have a valid 2014-15 physical on file in the athletic office to participate. The times and d

    July 29, 2014

  • SPT - KT072914 Colts-pic QB Luck making progress ANDERSON — Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University.During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.The Indianapolis Colts quar

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts part ways with Rainey after violation ANDERSON — Just two days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning.The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later

    July 29, 2014

  • SPL - KT071514 - B1 briefs - mug Athlete of the Week: Tionna Brown ATHLETE OF THE WEEK• NAME: Tionna Brown• SPORT: Track and field• ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The Kokomo seventh grader won three events at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic national meet in Humble, Texas, in her first appearance at a national meet. Brown w

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brown wins 3rd title at nationals HUMBLE, Texas — Kokomo middle schooler Tionna Brown surged to first in the 100 meter dash at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic national meet Sunday, capping the weekend with her third championship.Competing in the girls 11-12-year-old division,

    July 28, 2014

  • SPL - KT072614 - Dana Neer column - column sig NEER: Starting and sustaining your workouts Here we go again, hoping to start your workout plan again on Monday. This time your plan is to make it stick, keep with it, follow through. Hopefully it will work.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NASCAR Brickyard 400 Auto Racing-3 [Duplicate] It's 'Jeff Gordon Day' at IMS for record 5th time INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With a fifth Brickyard 400 victory on the line Sunday, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago. Gordon nailed the final restart of the race — no given because restarts have been Gordon's Achilles heel — to pass Hen

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

  • fishing clinic 02 (secondary pic) Kids fishing clinic is a blast for all The seasons come and go, but the excitement, challenge, allure and joy remain the same — off the chart. There are memorable moments, then there are occasions and special events that become tattoos for life.Still, joy is where you find it, and Saturda

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos