After setting school records, placing at the state finals, and winning conference championships last season, coupled with the addition of new coaches this year, there are plenty of intriguing storylines heading into the Hendricks County girls’ track and field season.
Avon’s track team has been on the rise the past few seasons, culminating with two consecutive county and sectional titles. Avon also finished with a school-best third-place finish in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.
The Orioles have continued to reload and should be the county and sectional favorites again this year.
“What I am most looking forward to this year is the potential this team has,” Avon coach Stephanie Chenoweth said. “We have an amazing coaching staff that has been working so hard with the young ladies and I know all of it will pay off. I cannot thank them enough for all they do for the track programs.”
Chenoweth said seniors Kailyn Hutson, Stephanie Purdy, Paxton Reardon, Chloey Loman, Harjot Kaur and Maggi Paxton “all have been a part of the program for four years and have done an incredible job leading the way.”
Avon’s impressive distance group — comprised mostly of cross country members that took fifth at state this season — should provide stiff competition for any opponent. Returning for Avon is junior Malyka Abramson, last season’s fifth place state finals finisher and school record holder in the 3200. Bolstering that group are Courtney Kerr (1600, 3200), Kelsie Mothersead (800), Lauren Heeger (800), and Megan Badgley (400). Freshmen Taylor Nicholson and Kate Bernicke will also have a significant impact.
Lanique Ellis and Monique Ellis return as half of the squad that took down the school record in the 4x100 last season. Avon is looking to fill in the other two spots and according to Chenoweth, freshman Diamond Mitchell “has shown to be a force to reckon with.”