With 22 girls track and field athletes out for the program in 2018, the Van-Far Lady Indians have their sites on making some noise come district time at the end of the season. They finished third as a team last year.
Returning to Van-Far will be several state qualifiers that include Makayla McAfee (hurdles), Jaylee Jennings (1,600 and 3,200), and Jordan Garner (thrower).
Jordan Garner will also join Madalyn Swafford and Alivia Graddy on this year’s 4×100-meter relay team. Those three girls, with graduate Hannah Bauman, were sectional qualifiers last season.
This year’s relay will also feature freshman Shyonna Martin.
The 4×800 sectional qualifiers returning include Taryn Adam, Lauren Shaw, Alex Connaway, and Vanessa Martinez.
Maddie McAfee was second at a meet in the first week in distance running.
Graddy will also see time in the sprints this season along with senior newcomer Carleigh Phillips.
Aubrey Bunge is having early season success in the high jump and is expected to score some points this season.
Colby Wright-Walton and Phillips will help in the long jump.
“I’m expecting us to have a pretty good year this year,” said Van-Far head coach Kris Cross.
Meanwhile, Makayla McAfee, Jordan Garner, and Katie Elzea will take their shot at a new event in the javelin with the help of Cross’ husband Steve, who threw the javelin in college.
Alex Connaway is also expected to contribute along with several other athletes looking to help the Lady Indians reach their team goals this year.
“We have a lot of people returning, which is great,” Kris Cross noted as her team will be guided by the leadership of seniors Adam and Dunn.