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Springfield girls track team off to fast start

4/10/2014 -
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By Sean Patrick

SPRINGFIELD — First-year Springfield High School girls track head coach Kevin Gorby said he is happy with the way his team has kicked off the season.

“We had a great competition over at the Newton Falls Invitational, where the girls finished eighth out of 17 teams,” he said. “It was our first meet, and they just came out and did very, very well. It was a great start to the season.”

During the event, Springfield fielded a pair of second-place finishers with Ashley Glass in the mile and Jada Mowery in 200 meters. In addition, Mowery was fourth in the 100 meters, Desiree Thomas was fifth in the 100 hurdles, Sydney Corbin was sixth in the 300 hurdles, Ashley Joyner was eighth in the 100 meters and Jenna Ford was eighth in the 200 meters.

Springfield’s 4x100 team (Mowery, Joyner, Felisha Badgett and Julia McMullen) finished in fifth place, while the 4x200 team (Ford, McMullen, Badgett and Corbin) came in sixth place and the 4x400 team (Glass, Corbin, McMullen and Megan Metko) finished in eighth.

“There’s not a single senior on the girls team, but there are a lot of solid freshmen,” the coach said. “So for us to be this good this quickly is absolutely awesome.”

According to Gorby, the girls track team will be involved in big events more often this season and in upcoming seasons than in the past.

“The reason we’re really getting after the bigger meets is because that’s where the competition is,” he said. “It will make you run faster. If we keep running faster, we’ll keep improving, and if we keep improving, then winning takes care of itself.”

Gorby said this year’s team is full of “hard-working, dedicated individuals.”

“They’re showing up ready to run, and you can see that they’re soaking up everything we are giving them,” he said. “They’re giving us everything they’ve got, and that’s all you can hope for. You can tell that they really, really want to be good. They’re focused.”

The team’s top goal, Gorby said, is to be among the conference leaders this season.

“We plan on a top-three finish in the conference. That’s got to be the goal,” he said. “The goal is always to be one of the top teams in the conference, and our focus is certainly on having a top-three finish in the conference championship.”

Next up for Springfield is the Kent Rough Rider Invitational today, April 11, followed by a conference meet against Crestwood High School April 14. Gorby said he wants to see his team show further improvement in those two events.

“Even though we took eighth in the first meet, we could have done a lot better,” he said. “But we didn’t unload. We didn’t throw every single kid into every single event. It was only the first meet of the entire season, and we only had our top teams in every event. We’re not going to run the kids into the ground. We’re focused on improvement and trying to get better against good competition.”

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