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March 29, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TRACK 2014 — Right on track

Geneva expected to once again lead the way in the area

(Continued)

Jefferson

The Falcons sport a young roster, full of freshmen for coach Steve Locy.

Back are seniors Collen O’Connor (distance), Kaydee DeVivo (PV-hurdles) and Jessica Woodin (distance-HJ).

Also returning are juniors Shannon Perkins (mid-distance), Hannah Cole (mid-distance), Shannon Bartone (sprints) and Harley Allen (jumps) as well as sophomores Leah Kingston (distance) and sprinter Lauren Buzzard.

Health is the key for Locy’s group.

“Keeping people healthy,” he said. “The maturing of our 17 freshmen. They have an extreme amount of talent, they just have to realize the hard work it takes to compete at the varsity level.”

Even with the newly realigned All-American Conference, Locy believes his team will be towards the top as a team.

“(I) would think that we should be in the top 3 as far as team competition and have 2 or 3 individual champions,” he said.

Lakeside

Now in her third year with the Dragons, coach Christina Powers has a young team that she hopes could be her best year.

Back are seniors Aaliyah Allgood (field) and distance runner Daren Barrientos.

In the junior class retunring are distance runners Carlie Watt, Abby Licate and Megan Abrams as well as sprinters Alexis Benedict and Aerianna Johnston.

“This year’s team is young with a lot of new talent to pull from,” she said. “We need to find the girls expertise and capitalize on it along with introducing them to new events they can excel at.

“Since we lack numbers, it will be important to remain healthy throughout the season.”

Always a difficult conference, the PAC has proven problematic for the Dragons in recent years.

Powers is hopeful this is the year the team can break into the top half of the standings.

“We hope to improve our standing in the conference this year,” she said. “We look forward to the county meet and maintaining or bettering our second place standing.

“Our returning letter winners look toward to the postseason with qualifying past the district level with their goals of making state.”

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