Daniel Boone Lady Blazer track team back with plenty of experience

After a 98-52 victory over Muhlenberg on March 26, the Daniel Boone High School girls’ track team is poised to have a very good season. Although there are only six seniors on the team, it’s a team full of experience that will return the most district qualifiers in school history. The team finished in fourth place last year, they are confident they can improve on that this year.

“The team has high expectations for the upcoming season,” said Head Coach Matt Kade. “Most of the athletes practiced throughout the winter during optional offseason workouts, or participated in a winter sport. As a team, we are coming into this season in better shape than we have in the past.

“The strength of this team is leadership and determination. We also have many athletes who are capable of winning multiple events on the track and in the field.”

The team will be led by seniors Heather Key (middle distance) and Emily Richey (distance).

Key, a returning captain, placed third in the county championships last year in the 800 meter run and qualified for the districts.

Richey is another returning captain and was a county qualifier in the 3,200.

Emilee Durso (Jr. - middle distance and distance) is back after finishing third in the county championships in the 1,600 meters. She set a school record in the event and qualified for the districts.

Alex Santora (Jr. - jumps, hurdles and middle distance) is a returning captain who was a county champion in the 300 meter hurdles and the triple jump last year. She competed in the districts in the two events and finished seventh in the triple jump. She also seta school record in the 300.

Alex Hamill (Jr. - distance) was a county and district qualifier in the 3,200 and set a school record in the event.

Kira Miller (Soph. - hurdles), was a second place finisher in the 100 meter hurdles at the county championships last year which qualified her for the district meet. It was a good accomplishment as a freshman).

Steph Sievers (Soph. - throws/middle distance) is back after a freshman season in which she placed second in the javelin in the county championships and set a school record in the event.

Abigail Snyder is a sophomore who qualified for the 3,200 at the county championships last year.

The biggest worry for Coach Kade is the numbers.

“We will be facing teams in our league that have over twice as many athletes on their squad than we do,” he said.

The Lady Blazers may not have the number of competitors they would like, they do have a lot of talented girls that should get them some wins. The goal is to improve on last year’s finish and that goal is very realistic.

“The key to achieving this goal will be the addition of new athletes to our track program this year,” said Coach Kade. “If we can utilize their talent and not rely so heavily on our past point scorers, we will be able to compete with the bigger schools.”

The season began well with Santora leading Boone against Muhlenberg by winning three events - 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. Kelly Howiszak and Kira Miller were both double winners.