The Mercer County boys and girls track and field teams haven’t been able to get much practice outside because of bad weather. But Head Coach Mark Dunn doesn’t think that will hinder his teams’ performance once the season starts Tuesday, April 7.
A year ago both the boys and girls teams had several members who competed in the state track and field meet, and the boys finished 19th overall in Class AA.
Both the boys and girls teams are returning several key members from those teams, and Dunn thinks those returners have a chance to bring home individual state titles.
“On the boys side, Chase Moore has really been competitive. It will be kind of different for him this year, based on the make up of our team. It is hard to say what he is going to do. We are going to try him out in the beginning of the year in four individuals. He will be doing the 100, 200, 400 and long jump. This will be his first year doing long jump, but I feel like he is athletic enough,” said Dunn.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of girls to come out. We did get several new faces to come out this year for the girls, but Anna (Mollett) is going to be trying some new things out for us. She is going to be doing the long and triple jump. Hopefully, she can finish her senior year on a good note,” added Dunn.
Moore and Mollett are both prepared to lead their teams this season.
“I am more than ready. I am just ready to compete again. I am just ready to do what I’ve got to do to win a regional championship and get to state,” said Moore.
“I am really excited because it is senior year and I am hoping to make it to state and place. I’m ready to come out and see how much our hard work has paid off,” said Mollett.