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Lakota Girls Track

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Dave Ritter, fourth season.

2013: Seventh in MAL.

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Taylor Smith (sprints/field events); Makayla Kiser (sprints/field events); Cariss Reese (sprints/field events); Judy Capehart (distance/field events). Juniors Paige Alloway (sprints); Katie Park (throws). Sophomores Amber Hagermann (sprints/field events); McKenna Harrison (distance); Aspen Ray (sprints/field events); Ivy Rubel (distance); Paige Paxson (throws).

Others: Sophomore Amanda Lane (distance). Freshmen Grace Bennett (sprints).

Outlook: Numbers are low for the Raiders, but not the returning talented experience.

However, even with the veterans and some newcomers, Ritter said the Raiders will be hard pressed to score in every event this spring.

"The numbers, there are not very many. It's awful hard to fill them all, the events," Ritter said.

"For the girls, our strength will be in the field and the sprints, with the addition of some talent in the distance events," he said.

Kiser returns after going to state in the pole vault - she won the district title - and placing in long jump and high jump at the district meet. She also led off the 4x100 team which ran at the regional.

Like Kiser, Reese also brings back success.

She won the MAL title in the 300 hurdles and the pole vault, and ran second in the league in the 100 hurdles. A district title in the 300 hurdles and a district runner-up finish in the pole vault followed en route to her earning a trip to state in the 300 hurdles.

Reese also ran on the 4x100, along with Smith and Alloway.

Harrison is back after helping the 4x800 run eighth at the district meet.

"Just about all of our top four or five or six girls from last year are back, so we're basically as strong or stronger than we were a year ago just to start," Ritter said. "And then we added a few freshman girls."



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