While this year’s track and field program from Van-Far is down in numbers, first year head coach Blake Logan said he’s looking forward to how far his athletes will take the school this year at season’s end.
The Lady Indians are starting the season with a new look after losing three state qualifiers to graduation.
It will also not have the services of senior Kasey Gatson, who decided to not participate in the sport this spring.
Last year, she won the sectional title in the high jump and won district titles in both the 300-meter hurdles and 4×200-meter relay events.
Though her presence might be missed, all-conference runner Jenise Johnson is returning after she competed in the state championships last season in relays.
Logan said this year Johnson will run 100- and 200-meter races and a leg of a 4×400-meter relay team he hopes to put together.
“She’s in shape from basketball,” Logan said. “I know a lot of her success came in those relays last year. I’m getting with her and working on some form. She’s getting better every day.”
Breanna Gollaher is also returning and is expected to pick up some points in the 800 meters and mile run. She might also be a part of a 4×800-meter relay team Logan hopes to put together.
Other runners include freshmen Victoria Culver, Chevi Windland, and Autumn Cross.
“With five girls, you’re not going to be able to compete as a team,” Logan said. “I’m working with each one of them every day. I’ve told them that it is as much work they put in, is what they’ll get out of it. The three freshmen seem to be working really hard and have a lot of potential.”
On the boys side, Woodrow Jackson leads the group of returners one season after taking fifth in the EMO conference in the 400 meters and eighth in the 200 meters.
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