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Panther girls preparing for another successful track season

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

KNIGHTSTOWN - Coming off a pretty successful 2017 season, the Knightstown High School girls track & field team is preparing for another successful campaign this year.

“Last season we won county and lost only one dual or triangular meet,” Knightstown Coach Jordan Chew stated. “We won one of the major invitationals we run at North Decatur for our fifth straight year, along with the Henry County Meet. Allison Sander qualified for the regional at Ben Davis in the high jump and long jump.”

This year, the Panthers will have seniors Lori Thomas (throws), Elaine Suesz (sprints), Candice Wyatt (throws), and Grace Muncy (hurdles) plus juniors Liz Moore (distance), Harley Peavler (distance), Abby Arnold (sprints), and Grace Holder (throws) as upperclassmen to help lead the team.

Underclassmen Coach Chew will be counting on to provide some points in meets are sophomores Emma Moore (hurdles), Alexis Howard (multiple events), and Grace Hastings (jumps), plus freshmen Brachelle Wisner (throws), Kinze Garriety (sprints), and Lili Wallace (distance).

“All of our freshmen have been strong contributors so far this season,” Chew said.

The graduated Sander’s production plus that of the other departed seniors will be tough to replace, but life goes on and Coach Chew is optimistic about the 2018 campaign

“Our goal is to learn the value of hard work while developing lifelong friendships and memories for the girls,” Chew added. “In addition, we always want to compete for the county and conference (TEC) championships. I would love for two or three girls to qualify for regionals this year as well.”