Van-Far track’s ready for medals
Van-Far’s head track and field coach Blake Logan is looking forward to both of his squads scoring points in several meets this season.
The boys team has two returning seniors, led by Woodrow Jackson.
Jackson last competed in track during his sophomore year but was a stand out that season.
Jackson will compete in the sprints, open 400, long jump, as well as the 4×200- and 4×400-meter relay events.
He ran a :53-second, 400 two years ago before an injury.
“I’m hoping he can be anywhere close to where he was his sophomore year,” Logan said. “He has natural speed to make up for (his injury)…He’s built like a sprinter.”
Senior Logan Boyd will see limited time as a thrower due to a knee injury along with him also playing on the baseball team.
Conner Albrecht will participate in sprints, open 100 and 200, relays, and some field events.
Josh Parrott is set to serve a utility role, seeing time in relays and the middle distance like the open 800 and 4×800-meter relay.
Freshman Sharrod Connor leads a talented young group. Connor took second in his first varsity triple jump event at a practice meet last week.
He will also participate in the long jump, sprints, and relays.
Joseph Clithero will compete in the sprints along with the 4×200- and 4×400-meter relay teams.
Jace Gay is expected to see time in the 800 and the distance races.
Cameron Barsé is set for middle distance and some relays while Andrew Snodgrass will compete for points in throwing events.
“We have a lot of fresh faces and those freshmen boys are pretty talented,” Logan added. “With five freshmen boys, I’m looking forward to seeing how all of them can mature.”
The Lady Indians are led by returner Chevi Windland.
Windland, who is continuing to heal from a hip injury, will lead a team without seniors.
She will run sprint relays and may see time in the distance races as her hip proves it can hold up.
“She always has a good attitude and works hard,” Logan said. “As long as she can keep (the hip injury) under control, she’ll be successful.”
Abilene Gatson will compete in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump events.
Madison Orr is set for the open sprints and sprint relays.
Alexis DeTienne is set for sprints like the open 100 and 200. She will also compete in the sprint relays and the long jump.
“I think our girls will be able to do well as far as scoring some points for the team and will be very good for how young they are,” Logan added.
The track and field teams will compete in the Palmyra Invitational at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.