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Consistency key for Firestone girls track team

5/9/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

WEST AKRON — Through May 7, the Firestone High School girls track team was 5-1 in the City Series and 5-2 overall. Head coach Tim Carroll said he isn’t surprised by the team’s solid record to this point.

“I thought the girls had a pretty good team this year,” the coach said. “I thought we had a shot at beating Buchtel in the dual meet, but it just wasn’t our day, and they have a good team.”

According to Carroll, the team’s athletes are performing nearly at the peak of their abilities this season.

“They’re getting close to it,” he said. “They’ve been improving a lot. Every meet, we have some success with kids improving and dropping times. I think they’ll be ready to run their best times at the end of the season to help us compete in the City Series championship. At districts, we should have a shot to get a relay team or two out and maybe some individuals to qualify for regionals.”

Carroll said the team is fairly young overall, but he added three seniors provide leadership, led by co-captain Brooke Morgan.

“Brooke’s been on the team for four years, and she’s been a big part of our success,” he said. “She’s one of those athletes who you can put in just about any event. She’s been solid for us overall, and we get a lot out of her. She’s a great leader, too.”

The team’s other seniors are Imani Scott and Jasmone Richardson.

“Imani has done a nice job and has shown a lot of leadership. She’s been one of our hardest workers this year. She’s shown a great example to her teammates, and I couldn’t be happier with what she’s done,” Carroll stated. “Jasmone has dropped her times throughout the season, and I think she’s running the best she ever has. Her senior year has definitely been her best year. She’s really been able to help the team.”

The team’s other co-captain this season is sophomore Dara Perry.

“Dara has stepped up this year,” the coach said. “She’s had a great attitude this year and shown a lot of leadership. She’s at practice every day working hard. I’ve been really impressed by her. She’s been a pleasant surprise.”

Carroll said junior Amari Johnson has been the team’s best long jumper.

“She has a solid chance at competing in regionals this year,” he said.

Other key athletes on the team include juniors Hannah Baker and Megan Zanin, sophomores Kate Piscetta and Taliyah Carter, and freshmen Hannah Eberly, Payton Rae and Te-shell Thomas.

“These girls round out the best sprinters, hurdlers and distance runners on the team,” Carroll said. “Overall, the girls are somewhat young, but they’ve made a lot of progress. We have some young athletes that are good, but just not experienced. It’s nice because we’ll have them back, but some are not as battle-tested as some of the older kids.”

The City Series championship will take place May 17 at Ellet High School, and Carroll said his team is eager to take on the challenge. The coach said his athletes will be fine if they can maintain consistency.

“We want to be as consistent as possible, so that when we go on the track — no matter what the weather or the circumstances are — we are ready to run or throw or jump and be successful,” he said.

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