By Corey B. Elliot
— The Ben Davis Giants girls’ track team struggled through a season full of youth and inexperience in 2012, but growing pains come with the territory in that situation.
The benefits of a season like that is Ben Davis returns 13 seniors to lead the way in 2013, and the Giants are poised and ready for success.
“We had two seniors last year,” Ben Davis coach Alicia Wallace said. “With 13 seniors this year we are really looking like we can place in events this season based off of the indoor Hoosier State Relays because we qualified more than we ever did.”
The expectations Wallace has for her Giants are high because of the even balance of talent across the board. Both the track and field events are promising for Ben Davis, and that has Wallace very optimistic for the Giants’ chances to compete individually and as a team.
“I have high expectations,” Wallace said. “We should be consistent all season and that should make us a contender every meet and a contender for the MIC meet as well. We have a very well-rounded group of sprinters and long distance runners along with a good group of throwers.”
Senior Brianna Jones will compete in the 200, 100, and 4x100. After spending most of last season hurt, Jones will try to make the most of her last year as a Giant.
“Brianna should really have an impact for us this season,” Wallace said. “She is our top sprinter, so we might have her running in the 100 this year. But she is a lot better in the 200, so that will be her event and we expect her to do well individually, which will contribute points to our team results.”
Wallace has two athletes that are individually expecting great things this season. Seniors Alis Marrero and Cierra Jones have a lot of potential to help the Giants. Marrero is a half-inch away from breaking the Ben Davis record in high jump after clearing 5-foot-6-and-a-half this past winter.
“As a team we are moving in the right direction,” Wallace said. “Individually the goal is to get better each time and that’s what Cierra, Alis, and our shot and discus throwers will add to our efforts so that we will keep heading in that direction.”
The colder weather has delayed the beginning of Ben Davis’ promising season but that does not allow time to relax and take any days off. The Giants will compete in their first meet against Pike April 9, where they will go up against the Red Devils and the Carmel Greyhounds.
“Pike will be a good first meet for our season,” Wallace said. “They have arguably the best group of sprinters and Carmel has the best distance runners, so we are going to find out next week where we are individually and as a team. That first meet is going to be a good indicator on how well our season will be.”