The Community R-VI track and field girls team features several underclassmen as the program begins to benefit from a successful Junior High group.
The squad includes freshmen Bethany Schmidt, Sirrina Dunn, Chelsea Hoyt, Charley Ann Stone, Tayler Cope, and sophomore Amber Harrison.
Schmidt and Dunn will participate in the triple jump; Hoyt will battle in the 800 meters and long jump; Stone will compete in the 200 and 400 meters; while both Cope and Harrison will throw the shot put and discus.
“I think some of them will break some school records for sure,” said Community R-VI head coach Sarah Simmons. “Some have times now that are very close.”
She said her young additions are a result of an active Junior High program.
“We have quite a few Junior High (athletes) this year,” Simmons added. “I think we have some interest in the Junior High. The freshmen I have this year like track and were interested in coming out.”
Simmons said she’s looking forward to her Lady Trojans competing an a revised Class 1 district with mostly smaller programs.
“It will be nice to have a fair chance,” Simmons said.
There will be no boys team this year.
Simmons said the big challenge for the boys as that many of them participate with the baseball program. The first track and field meet was scheduled for this past Tuesday at Westran. The next meet will be held closer to home at 4 p.m. on March 31 in Mexico.