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Foxes track and field focused on fourth undefeated season

The Foxes girls’ outdoor track and field team has its sights set on winning its fourth straight Battlefield District Championship. For the past three seasons, the Foxes girls have dominated outdoor area track and field by winning every tri-meet, dual meet, and district championship in their path.


“When our girls go to a track meet, unlike other teams they don’t just want to win, they expect to win,” Coach Rudy Pekarek said.

The Lady Foxes have posted three second place Region I Championship team finishes in the last three seasons. If the Foxes reach their goal of four consecutive championships, whey would have surpassed the Foxes girls (1970s) basketball team, and fall one short of the Foxes girls’ swim team.

The Lady Foxes core group of seniors, led by Lindsey Armentrout, Haley Armentrout, Mia Meyer, Jessica Swenson, Tabitha Kim, and Coach Pekarek are calling the season, six for four — six people who have been around for four years, with the goal of winning their fourth straight championship.

With the major exception of the throwing events, the Foxes appear to be the outdoor team to beat this season. Peering into their line-up, the Foxes demonstrated that they have the right stuff when it comes to middle distance events. After a strong winter track and field season, which featured seven All-State athletes, the Foxes will have a slight edge in conditioning and preparation, especially in the distance events at the start of the season.

Led by standout athlete Miranda Green, district opposition will have to pull a rabbit out of its hat in order to adequately compete with the Foxes’ depth of sprinters, relay personnel, distance and middle distance runners.

The hidden intangible looming in the shadows of the Foxes den is the veteran shouldering of responsibility. Veterans such as Lindsey Armentrout and Mia Meyer have unselfishly taken younger athletes under their wing with the hope of adding an extra dimension to their repertoire of field events.

“The best thing about this team is every girl understands what the older girls do, the older athletes never whine or complain,” Pekarek said. “If you want to be a champion, you have to work, and the older girls realize that is the way its going to be. For me that solves half the problem of coaching.”

As for the Foxes boys, they return senior standout athletes DeMarcus Epps (middle distance), Desmond Jordan (jumps, hurdles), and Jonathan Graham (pole vault). Sprinter Davian Hutt will bolster their depth core, along with Austin Fisk, Christian Koon, Raheem Whited, Jacob Watson and Seth Turner. With the addition of several members from the football team and a host of athletes new to track and field, the possibilities for success are strong.

The format for post-season outdoor track and field competition will change drastically after this season. Next year, instead of competing for the district championship, area track and field teams will focus on the Regional and State Championship. However, dual and tri-meet regular season competition will remain the same.
The Foxes’ first regular season meet of the season will at home on March 27. The five-team meet will feature Caroline, Courtland, King George, Culpeper, and Chancellor. The meet will start at 4 p.m.

 

Leonard Banks
Sports Editor

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