MIDDLEBOURNE -- Put the soundtrack to "Chariots of Fire" in the Iphone or CD player because it is that time of year the start of girls' track season.
The Silver Knights possess some top talent that puts them on pace to score victories near and far. The team not only has a new coach, but boasts 20 girls that have come out for the season, including five girls with previous state meet experience.
"This is my first year coaching track at TCHS," Coach Chad Gruber. "I'm excited for the upcoming season. We're a young team with only six upperclassmen, but I've seen a lot of effort early this year from the girls, and willingness amongst the team try new events to help the team. Our goal is to be competitive and improve each meet both as a team and individually. I believe we'll do some good things and surprise people this year."
Lady Knights’ Jahnvi Duncan, a sophomore, paces around the track to a first place finish during a meet last season. Now a junior, Duncan returns to the long distance line-up with her goal — beat the clock and conquer at state.
Mr. Gruber, congrats on the new coaching job.
TCHS track veterans include the two seniors, Tessa Boyd (discus) and Isis Moore (100-200) as well as juniors Jahnvi Duncan and Asia Keller, who both competed in mid-distance relays at the state meet last year. Coming off an impressive track season last spring that included mile times in the low 5 minute range, Duncan was a very competitive cross country last fall for the Silver Knights.
Speaking of distance runners, this is what distance coach Coach Breanna Haggerty said.
"The distance group is not large in number and very young with two freshman and one junior-Sarah Hashman, Emma Paden, and Jahnvi Duncan," said Haggerty, a Silver Knights' long distance record holder. "Jahnvi will be our junior leader this year, and we look forward to see what she will be able to run this season. We are encouraged by what we have seen during winter conditioning and so far this season. They are working hard and this should pay off when it counts!"
Sprinters are a gift from God, no doubt.
"We have a good number of girls for sprints," Gruber said. "I think we'll have friendly competition in practice for the relay spots in the 100, 200, and 400, and the girls will push each other to improve."
"Unfortunately we had an umber of seniors decide not to come out this year, but it's going to give our freshmen and sophomores an opportunity to get a lot of experience quickly. I'm pleased with the effort and commitment we've gotten so far."
Sophomore Emily Lancaster finished 8th in the state in pole vault. Yeah, the girl has skills.
"Emily has been working hard in the early season to improve her technique and look for a top finish at the state meet in pole vault," Gruber said.
Good luck to the Silver Knights.