Lady Ghosts’ track start season strong

Justin Miller
Taylor Didesch high jumps for the Grey Ghosts at home Thursday.

The Illinois Valley Central girls’ track team started the outdoor season with a home meet Thursday.

“Thursday night was a great opening night for the outdoor season,” coach Gwen Hemstreet said.

Marli Whitham cleared 5’0 in the high jump, a personal record.

The 4x800 team of Aubrey Allison, Jessica Owdom, Liz Fenelon and Kaylee Truninger shaved 16 seconds off their best time when they ran a 10:39.

Jessica Owdom ran a personal record in the mile at 6:04.2 and missed first place by only .2 seconds.

“Our first meet was a great overall experience for the girls, but they can always improve,” Hemsreet said. “We have set high goals for ourselves, but are definitely moving in the right direction. Again, our outdoor season is just beginning, so we have lots to build upon.”

The girls competed in the Lady Dragon Relays Saturday against a plethora of large schools, and gained more experience for the young season.

“We did not have a complete team because of some conflicts for some of the girls,” Hemstreet said. “We were competing against mainly larger schools, so not having a complete team added to our disadvantage. The best thing that came from Saturday’s meet was the fun the girls had.

“Because it was a relay meet, there was a focus on the team atmosphere, which sometimes is overlooked in track and field. The girls really pulled together and supported one another.”

The team won the shot put with four great throws from the team’s talented core of shot putters.

Emma Hoerr threw 36’5, Jameel Woods threw 32’2, Gabi Wade threw 25’3 1/2 and Aubrey Allison threw 25’2 1/2.

“Our focus this week will be improvements in the girls’ core events,” Hemstreet said.

The team next competes at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at home.