Girls team eyes top-five finish

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Fresh off its second consecutive regional title, the girls varsity track team is poised for its biggest test this weekend at the Class 4A state track meet.

"We dominated our region, but there are some schools that will dominate us this weekend," said girls coach Mike Gleason.

According to Gleason, Mullen the defending state champion, Sierra and Dakota Ridge are the teams to beat.

"We aren't thinking that we will go over there and win. I do think that we will be in the top five," said Gleason. "If we make it into the top five, then that is great. That is what we are shooting for."

A year ago, the team did finish fifth.

"We beat Palisade in our region, but they have one girl that can score 40 points and that is a lot," said Gleason.

"Last year, they beat us and this year we would just like to beat them.

"The kids need to just go out there and have fun."

The team members are pumped up for the meet.

"Everybody is really excited to go to the state meet and we are hoping we will do good," said Rhianna Bain.

She will compete in the long jump and the 800-meter medley relay.

"In order to win at the state meet in the 800-meter medley relay, I think that we will have to get could handoffs in order to beat Palisade. We just need to work as a team and I think that we will do good," she said.

"Hopefully, we will place at least fourth."

Gleason believes his runners should come away with some high finishes.

"We have a few people that can win a individual event," said Gleason. "The 4x800-meter relay team, the 4x400-meter relay team and Heather Urbanoski in the 100-meter dash all have a chance."

Other team members competing are:

Krystal Voorhees, a junior, (high jump)

Jill Adamek, a junior, (medley relay, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4x200-meter relay)

Urbanoski, a junior, (medley relay, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 4x200-meter relay)

Emily Mortensen, a junior, (4x800-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay, 800-meter run)

Stephanie Hurd, a junior, (4x800-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay)

Charlotte Steele, a sophomore, (4x400-meter relay, 4x800-meter relay)

Beth White, a sophomore, (3,200-meter run)

Laurel Mortensen, a freshman, (400-meter dash, 4x200-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay, 4x800-meter relay)

Kate Schafer, a freshman, (400-meter run, 4x200-meter relay, medley relay)

Sheila McNicol, a freshman, (3,200-meter run)

Danielle Brown, a freshman, (1,600-meter run, 3,200-meter relay)

Jenni Jones, a freshman, (triple jump).

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