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Duncan hired as PC’s head girls track coach

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

LEOPOLD—Saying she wanted to continue the winning tradition of her mentor, Michelle Duncan was hired Monday to succeed Becky Genet as Perry Central’s head girls track coach.

Genet retired this winter after 38 years as the Commodores’ coach.
Duncan, then Michelle Sprinkle, was a thrower for Genet’s team in the late 1980s and has been her assistant coach the last 22 years.
With Duncan as an assistant the Commodores won the PLAC title 19 of 20 years before the 2015 meet was canceled due to storms.
With a young team they finished second to Springs Valley by seven points in the conference meet last spring.
Asked what she will do differently than Genet did, Duncan said, “Probably not a whole lot. Just like she did, I want to get athletes to come and work hard and believe in themselves. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
Track practice officially started Monday and Duncan ran it even though she had not officially been hired as head coach because she said she figured she would still be an assistant even if she didn’t get the head job.
She said the team has “16 or 17 girls” now, which is a little lower than in some past years because there are more sports competing for athletes.
She said the team also has two of its returning starts sidelined. Shot putter Jessica Coultas may miss the entire season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and sprinter Abby Reed will also miss an extended period after having her gallbladder removed.
Duncan said Brianna Jarboe will likely be her assistant coach, moving up from being the junior high coach. That appointment is expected to be approved at the next school board meeting.
Duncan teaches kindergarten at Perry Central.