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May 17, 2014

GIRLS' TRACK SECTIONAL PREVIEWS: Devils looking to end drought

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — There was a point in Jeffersonville girls’ track history that the past few years’ lack of postseason success would have been inconceivable.

The Red Devils girls’ track program, which owns the second-most sectional titles and third-most regional crowns in the state, has gone without a championship the past two years and have won just two sectionals in the past six years.

Last year, Jeff was upset by Madison. The year before it was Southwestern that stunned the Devils. After finishing second at last Tuesday’s Hoosier Hills Conference meet, 2014 appears to be the year that the drought will come to an end.

“This is the year,” third-year Jeff coach Ericka Herd said. “On meet day you have certain expectations, and you never know what’s going to happen, but I’m predicting a big night [Tuesday].”

Of course, that’s what Herd thought a year ago when the Cubs beat the Devils by 10 1/2 points and the year before when the Rebels edged them by a half-point.

“As a coach, last year — even the year before — we had a good team and had predictions that we should have won. You just never know what’s going to happen on meet days.”

What happened last meet day helped Herd’s confidence. Jeff finished a surprised second at the HHC while rival Madison was sixth, 31 points behind the Red Devils.

“To see where they were at conference, that made me feel more comfortable,” Herd said.

Of course, Jeff will also have to compete with Silver Creek and its strong stable of distance runners and standout thrower Emily Christman. The Dragons are coming off a second-place finish at the Mid-Southern Conference meet, led by their winning 3,200 relay team, Maggie Shields’ victory in the 800, a second and third in the 3,200 with Mackenzie Crouch and Brittany Sharp.

Henryville should compete with the Dragons in the 3,200 relay with distance stars Sadie Spears and Cia Greene. Charlestown’s Megan Brooks has had a big year in the shot put and the discus, including MSC crowns in both events, and looks to return to state in 2014.

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