Led by top returners Abby Buie and Karli Smith, the Gardner Edgerton High School lady Blazer track team is busy preparing for its season openers.
The freshman team travels to Blue Valley West High School for a March 26 opener. The varsity will wait until April 4 to participate in the Shawnee Mission South Relays.
“The 2015 season will be challenging for our squad with unproven talent in the sprint and distance races and only two returning state medalist in Karli Smith and Abby Buie,” said coach Larry Ward, who is now in his 26th year at the Blazer helm. “We will be strong in the pole vault and throwing events.”
Other top returners include Lauren Strick in shot put and javelin, Miranda Tenove in the 400 and 800-meter runs, Cortlyn Tryon also in the 400 and 800, Abbie Lane in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, Sierra Coen in the 400 and 800, Kayla Burcham in the pole vault, Abby Bilhimer in javelin and shot put, Faith Jolly in the triple jump and long jump, Cassidy Androff in shot put and discus, Heather Culbertson in discus and javelin, Kaitlyn Dayton in high jump, and Macey Elkinton in shot put and javelin.