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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


“We have a good mix of girls in each event this year, starting off with our seniors Amber Miller and Taryn Thor,” Clem explained. “They came out and broke school records in our first meet, so that looks good for the rest of the year. We have a lot of depth in all of the events, so we can mix girls in and out and avoid injuries like we’ve had in the past. They’re all battling for positions, and it’s all good, clean, competitive fun right now. They’ve worked every practice and they’re not whiners, which is nice to have.”

Miller, also an Indiana State recruit, broke the school record in the long jump and tied the school record in the pole vault in a season opening-win over Eastern. She qualified for the state finals in the long jump last season as a junior. Miller will also figure in in the sprints and relays, and will also try her hand in the 100 hurdles, depending on the meet.

Thor broke the school record in the 1,600 in the first meet, and will lead the distance events, where she will be joined by senior Karly Sprouse and freshman Nichole Crocker.

Junior Kaitlyn Daanen was the sectional champion in the 100 and 200, and will lead the Tigers’ sprinters along with classmate Tearsten Munson.

Munson, Daanen, juniors Rachel Johns and Hannah Wilson, freshman Abby Olsen and sophomore Caitlyn Kindig are the top candidates for the 4x400 relay team, while junior Bailey Lipinski is among those looking to join Munson, Miller, Daanen and Wilson in the 4x100.

Sprouse, juniors Megan Bunch and Christine Dewhurst and senior Olivia Price are the frontrunners for the 4x800 relay team.

Wilson and fellow juniors Mikaelyn Irving and Samantha Pepka will take on hurdling duties.

Daanen and Olsen are slated to be the squad’s other pole vaulters.

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