Serving as coaches for the Bethel-Tate girls track and field team are Pam Taylor and Kayla Weaver, though they assist in all aspects of practice with both teams. Both also led the Lady Tigers in cross country.
“It’s nice to have three people versus two,” Taylor said. “That way Dave can go work with the field people and we can work with runners.”
The Lady Tigers are down two distance runners as freshman cross country whiz Allison Parks plays AAU basketball and junior Haley Taylor suffered a torn ACL on the hardwood.
That leaves Morgan Reinhart, Taylor Fischer and senior veteran Breanna Keyser.
“She had some leg issues in the fall, but now that she’s got that figured out, she’s going to be really strong,” Weaver said.
The girls have more numbers out this spring, but are trying to fill holes in some running events and field events.
“We didn’t score in shot and disc and didn’t score in sprinting, so that’s a goal this year,” Taylor said.
Freshman pole vaulter Riley Hacker is expected to add some points in that event.
Up ahead for the Bethel-Tate girls is a quad meet April 2.
Felicity-Franklin’s Lady Cardinals are coached by Toby Lewin.
Felicity-Franklin features young distance talent with freshman Kaitlyn Sharp returning from a first team SBAAC-National season in cross country. In sprints, senior Courtney Riggs will lead with junior Paige Cummins and sophomore Abby Pollock heading up the throwing efforts.
Sharp was a regional qualifier in cross country in the fall, with Pollock making the regionals as a thrower last spring.
“I do have a lot of new female runners,” Lewin said of his Lady Cardinals. “Five out of 12 are freshmen or first-year runners.”
After the Coaches Classic meet at McNicholas March 31-April 1, Felicity-Franklin will take part in the New Richmond Invitational April 14-15.
The McNicholas girls track and field team has built a pedigree.
For the past eight seasons, the Rockets have finished first or second at the district meet. Even with graduating two district champions, Catherine Adams and Megan Schaefer, coach Kyle Jepson believes they will be in that mix again.
“We graduated two district champions and almost our entire distance team,” he said. “But, we have underclassmen ready to step up and field those roles.”
The Rockets are counting on senior hurdler Ericka Kaimer, juniors Emily Tekulve, a sprinter, and Beth Simmons, distance, and sophomores Morgan Vogler and Megan Rack.
McNick opened the season March 31.
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Breanna Keyser, Bethel-Tate senior: A reliable distance runner for the Lady Tigers.
Riley Hacker, Bethel-Tate freshman: Could score some much-needed points in pole vault.
Kaitlyn Sharp, Felicity-Franklin freshman: Talented distance runner who was SBAAC-National first team in cross country in the fall.