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Tom Kendall returns to Jeff to coach the Red Devils and will have some experienced runners to work with. Jeff will be led by seniors Ashley Friedrich, Maddie Gavin, Heather Nichols and Cat Patton. Also coming back for the Devils are junior Hamilton Dickey and sophomore Kayla DeArk.
Jeff newcomers include senior Hanna Scott, sophomore Candea Smith and freshman Josie Noel. The Red Devils will be busy at the start of the season with five meets in 10 days. Kendall says Floyd Central and New Albany are the teams to beat in the HHC.
“I’m looking forward to this season,” Kendall said. “The team is working hard, and they are looking forward to competing and improving with each meet.”
Hamilton expects to get solid leadership from his returning seniors in Temple Ricke, Rachel Bowden and Corinn Mundy. The Bulldogs have two talented juniors in Rose Kaforski and Rachel Geveden.
Hamilton also is looking for solid seasons from sophomores Kailey Martin and Emma Bauer and freshman Nicole Lods.
Hamilton thinks the North Harrison Invitational and the Eagle Classic at Brown County will help prepare his team for the postseason. He says the toughest competition in the HHC is Floyd Central, Seymour and Madison, and expects the Highlanders and North Harrison to be among the contenders for the Crawford County Sectional crown.
“I am expecting more consistency race to race this season,” Hamilton said. “These girls know how to compete and what it takes to succeed. They are chomping at the bit for the season to get going.”
Seniors Courtney Morgan and Tori Wiggam and junior Kelsey Rhoten are the Mustangs’ top returning runners. Other returnees include seniors Brooke Abbott and Isabella Glover and juniors Emily Holloway and Breanne Ward.
Coach Tabitha Sexton says freshman Olivia Graebe is a runner to keep an eye on after a successful middle school career.
“The girls have been training well throughout the summer, and we will be ready to compete in our first meet on Aug. 29 at Charlestown State Park,” Sexton said.