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Track team hopes to build on last year

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State meet a possibly for several athletes

By Jesse Osbourne

Last season the Marion County High School track team sent a few individuals to the state meet. This year, those athletes hope to build on their accomplishments.

Jermaine Porter, Chris Means and Erin Ballard, freshmen Shaina Litsey, sophomore Natavia Young and junior Roya Headley will vie for a spot in the state meet this season are seniors, according to track coach Robby Peterson.

Means went to state last season in the shot put while Porter qualified in the long jump. Peterson said Means finished fifth in the state in shot put while Porter finished seventh or eighth in the long jump. This will be the seniors' last shot at improving their finish at state should they qualify.

"Litsey won the region title last year in the long jump as an eighth grader," Peterson said.  

The freshman looks to defend her title this season on a girls squad that could vie for a team bid to the state meet.

"It is possible for them to qualify as a team. They're still pretty young overall," Peterson said. "Our girls team has a lot of promise. There are some really good athletes on the girl's bunch."

Ballard, the lone senior for the girls, runs the mile for the Lady Knights.

Young just missed qualifying for the state meet last season in the triple jump. Peterson said the sophomore can hit the 30-foot mark in the event and looks to land in the state meet this year.

Headley is one of the strongest returning runners for the Lady Knights. The junior runs the 400 meters, pole vaults and runs on relay teams.

Peterson said how the boys squad fares is still up the air.

"It's going to be questionable what we have. We have to go through a couple of more weeks to see. A few football kids will be running the short distances," Peterson said.

In that group will be Bryson Bell, Buster Hazelwood, Jordan Bell and Dylan Peterson.

"One of our strongest returning runners will be Dylan Peterson running the 400 meters," Peterson said.

Another football player, Timmy Dawson, will compete in the hurdles.

The Knights and Lady Knights schedules will feature a few big meets including the Heart of the Bluegrass at Mercer County on April 18 and trips to the Green County and Bardstown Invitational.

Marion County High School will host the Heartland Conference meet and the regional meet in May. The state meet will be held at the University of Louisville on May 22 and 23.