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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—Tell City’s girls track team has 13 members, more than it had most years in the 1990s but a number that still leaves some holes in the lineup.
There are no pole vaulters on the team and Coach Katie Weyer is not sure she will be able to field a 400-meter relay team.
“We might throw one together,” she said. “Kassie Hayes (a thrower) could run on it.”
The Marksmen do have some depth in distance races, though.
“We have seven girls for distance, so at least we’ll be able to fill the longer relays,” said Weyer.
Hanna Goffinet and Hailey Carman will run the 3200 and Mariah Blake and Goffinet will run the 1600.
Blake and Addie Terry will probably run the 800, though “we have several other choices,” said Weyer. “The distance kids can be intermixed.”
Goffinet, Blake, Carman and probably Terry will run the 3200 relay, Weyer said. Carman is a freshman but the other three were on the relay that placed second in the PAC last year.
Logan Flannagan, Hannah Schaefer and Goffinet will run the 1600 relay. The last spot was undecided Tuesday.
Flannagan is probably the team’s best athlete. She was slowed by a midseason injury last year but won three events in the sectional and the 300 low hurdles in the regional two years ago as a freshman, becoming just the fifth Tell City girl to ever win a regional event.
She will run both hurdles races and high jump but is the Marksmen's only participant in all three of those events.
Schaefer, a senior running track for the first time since junior high, is going to try the long jump.
She and Snyder will run the 100 and 200.
As for the 400, “I really have no idea,” said Weyer. “Kassie Hayes might be able to run it.”
Hayes and Haley Burton will man the two throwing events. Hayes qualified for the regional in the shot put last year as a freshman with a 32-foot-5 throw, fourth in the 11-team Perry Central sectional.
Tell City started last season with 18 girls and finished fifth in the PAC. This year “I would like to say we could finish in the top half,” said Weyer. “That would be pretty good for (having) 14 girls.”
In the sectional, “I’m sure (defending champion) Jasper will be good just because they have so many numbers,” said Weyer.
“Perry Central could be good too. And I’m sure Heritage Hills and Forest Park will be decent.
“At that point it becomes not about us winning the sectional but getting as many people (to advance to the regional) as we possibly can.”