Zionsville — No matter how good a track team can be, all it takes is one mistake or a few drops of rain for a season to go kaput.
Luckily, for the Zionsville girls track team this year has been null of both. With the abnormally warm winter, the girls have been able to get accustomed to running outside, which is something that will pay dividends in the long season.
“We have a group full of healthy girls, and going into the outdoor season that really is a lot,” coach Liz Sackers said. “Normally by this time of the year is when you have a half a dozen injured kids because you’ve been running inside all year.”
The weather is a nice change for a team who saw some tough eliminations early last year at sectionals. One, for instance, was the 4x100 meter relay team that was disqualified after dropping the baton.
“I think our four- by-one team could have very well went through,” Sackers said. “We dropped the baton at the first exchange, and that was pretty much the story right there.”
Every member of that team returns. Keila Bouwkamp, Julie Coval, Mariah Davis and Kristen Duffey are a small sample of a young Eagles group that finished fifth at sectional and ninth at regional.
“This season seems to be very promising right now as far as we have all the athletes back who can do the job,” Sackers said. “We only lost two seniors last year that were crucial point-getters.”
Daviswas the only girl in 2011 to break into the final weekend of state and did so in three different events. She finished 21st in both the long jump and 100-meter dash and placed 18th in the 200 meter.
“I had a very young team last year,” Sackers said. “My expectations actually panned out pretty well.”