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home : sports : local sports August 22, 2017

3/23/2017 5:11:00 AM
Girls Track Previews
Photo providedWestfield hurdler Emily Robertson
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Westfield hurdler Emily Robertson
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Westfield Girls Track and Field Preview:

Westfield head girls track and field coach Josh Miracle will have a number of experienced athletes to turn to in the upcoming 2017 season.

"We are very excited about our upcoming team," Miracle said. "The team is comprised of some familiar veterans who have previous state meet experience."

Miracle noted eight different girls that he expects to have excellent outdoor seasons.

Jada Caldwell is a returning team captain and was a state qualifier last season in the shot put. On Saturday, Caldwell won the Hoosier Crossroads Conference indoor meet with a throw of 39 feet, 9 inches.

Sydney Spears is a talented multi-even athlete. Her best event is the long jump, but she will also participate on the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relay teams.

Gabby Dilick, Gabby Brown and Lauren Bailey will be the key cogs in the Rocks distance events. All three girls were part of last season's 4x800 meter relay state medalist team.

Emily Robertson was a state qualifier in the 100 meter hurdles and as part of the 4x400 meter relay team. Robertson holds school records in the 60, 100 and 300 meter hurdles.

Miracle also believes pole vaulter Audrey Bullock and freshman runner Hannah Fife will have strong seasons.

Westfield begins opens its outdoor season with a home meet against Brownsburg on Thursday, Mar. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Fishers Girls Track and Field Preview:

The Fishers girls track and field heads into the 2017 season coming off a 10th place finish in the state finals last spring, the school's best ever finish.

The Tigers seem to again be headed in the right direction in 2017. They won the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Indoor Invitational on Saturday, Mar. 11. Fishers has won this event three times in the past four years.

According to head coach Andrew Belloli, this Lady Tigers team may be the deepest ever.

"We hope to translate that depth into a lot of success come May and June," Belloli said.

Fishers will be led by its sprinters including two girls who placed in the top 10 at the state finals last season. Paris Carver finished fifth in the 200-meter dash last year, and Danielle Harrison placed eighth in the 100-meter dash.

Carver and Harrison are joined by experienced relay runners Kayla Crose and Toni Grace. These four girls finished third in the state finals in the 4x400 meter relay in 2016. Crose, Carver and Harrison were also part of the 4x100 team that finished fourth.

An up-and-coming freshman by the name Tamia Perryman also joins this group of powerhouse sprinters this year. Perryman has already twice broken the school indoor record in the 60-meter dash this season.

Belloli also boasts a strong distance lineup. The group will be led by sophomore Miya Wai who has already broken the indoor school record in the 3,200 meter run.

In the field events, high jumper Emily Monson returns after qualifying for state last year. Throwing will be led by Tierra Polk, Jaela Baskin and newcomer Olivia Willman. Claire Fletchall and Kaleigh Humphrey return in the pole vault, while Gabby Lewis and Taryn McFarland are two freshmen with loads of potential in the long jump.

Fishers will begin its outdoor season on Mar. 29 with a meet at Mount Vernon starting at 5:00 p.m.

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