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Old Fort Girls Track

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Tony Miller, 29th season.

2013: Ninth in the Midland Athletic League

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Molly Cleveland (HJ/LJ/sprints), Jackie Becker (mid-distance/relays). Juniors Morgan Kemenah (HJ/sprints/relays), Adrianna Stock (throws/sprints), Alize Tucker (throws/sprints/relays), Alexis Rhodes (distance). Sophomores Kayla Garza (mid distance), Jozie Hickman (throws), Chelsey Kohlenburg (throws), Makayla Wilkinson (throws).

Others: Junior Amanda Williams (HJ/sprints/relays).

Outlook: Miller has learned to not get too finicky about his roster.

Numbers have always been a challenge for the longtime coach.

"We can't complain but having only 11 girls makes it tough," Miller said.

But among those 11 are three regional qualifiers in Cleveland, Kemenah and Garza.

Last year Cleveland made it to the regional in the high jump and long jump with Kemenah joining her in the high jump. Garza qualified in the 1,600 run.

However, Miller has a lot of injuries on his squad already. Cleveland is out until mid-April with a broken bone and Becker is coming off surgery.

It will cause the Stockaders to rely more heavily on the younger runners on the team.

"With the younger ones, it's a case of getting more experience," Miller said. "They're working hard."

Miller said the goals will be more focused on the solo performances rather than team goals.

"The strength for us is going to be the individual events. Hopefully getting Molly and Jackie healthy will help," Miller said. "That's all we can do because we just don't have the numbers."

That parlays into the MAL expectations.

"We're hoping we can be eighth or ninth," Miller said. "Team-wise, Hopewell-Loudon is going to have a big team and so is St. Joe and then you have Carey. It's going to be between those three schools. St. Wendelin has a good program going right now. You can't forget about them."

But all the end of the season goals will rely on how soon the Stockaders can put out a full team.

"Our goals are getting healthy and seeing how many we can move on in the postseason," Miller said.



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