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Big Numbers Should Lead to Big Results for Badger Track Program

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Quincy Balius, Student Editor

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With spring coming, there’s more than just love in the air. Spring sports are about to begin, and the most important (obviously) is track and field. Encompassing events from triple jump to javelin throwing to the hundred-yard dash, there’s something for everyone in the sport.

This year, a record 42 students have signed up to run, throw, vault, and jump. Some are newcomers to the sport, while others are savvy veterans who know all about the long bus rides and even longer meets. Others fall in the middle of the spectrum. No matter their experience, every student is excited to run.

Three coaches will step up to the plate to lead them. Head coach is Christa Hardy, the art teacher at Cascade High School. Tara Halmes, third grade teacher and jumping coach, will also be training students. Finally, joining the team this year is University of Montana Hall of Famer Doug Darko, an expert long-distance runner and thrower.

As usual, the track team has some stars. Three members of the state girls’ short relay team, as well as three of the boys’, will be returning this year. Additionally, a few state distance and sprinting runners will be running again, and a pole vault champion will take the jump again.

Coach Hardy said of the team, “We have a good shot at the majority of the teams this year. We’re strong in our district, but divisionals will be a little harder. With the help of our new coach and more one-on-one training for the runners, we’ll do great.”

She also commented that she feels the team is organized and ready to go, and the biggest challenge will be the Top Ten meet just before divisionals.

Senior Jenny Taylor, who has run all four years of track, said, “I’m excited. It’s cool that we have a new throwing coach and I can’t wait for my last year of jumping.”

To see the track schedule for 2017 and come out to support the Badgers, check out this link: http://cascade.k12.mt.us/District/1855-Untitled.html.

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