It’s been very tough for Colon girls track coach Peggy Zeeb to see what she has to work with this year.
‘’We’ve been outside a few times is all,’’ she said. ‘’The snow still covers about a quarter of the track, but I had them run a 400 the other night. … 200 one way and then turn around and run 200 back.
‘’The times weren’t that good.’’
With SCAA high jump and pole vault champion Tally Wilson, a sophomore, coming back, it’s a good place to start. Wilson went 5-feet, 3.5-inches in the high jump and 9-feet in the pole vault last season, qualifying for the MHSAA Division 4 state finals in both events. However, she’s already cleared 5-feet in the high jump and 8-9 in the pole vault during an indoor meet at Hillsdale this season, where she tied for first in the pole vault.
‘’She has been practicing with a coach in Indiana and has cleared 10-feet,’’ Zeeb said.
While Colon’s sprinting corps is a little small, Zeeb is hoping the Magi will be able to score some serious points in the distances. Sophomore Megan Martin ran her first-ever mile at Hillsdale in 6:39.
‘’I’ve already had three runners around three minutes in the 800, so I’m hoping they can continue to improve,’’ she said.
With all those 800 runners, Zeeb also feels she will have a strong 3,200 relay team.
As for the sprinters, ‘’I haven’t been able to work with them very much to know how good they can be,’’ the coach said. ‘’Running in the halls is really hard on the shins, knees and hips.’’
Zeeb is also looking for points and depth from seniors Sarah Adams, Skyler Harvey, Jenafer Lance, Brianne Reichert, Isabel Vigil and Olivia Parshall.
A look at the Magi
Coach: Peggy Zeeb (10th year)
Last season: Won the Southern Central Athletic Association West Division title; third in the SCAA league meet.
Returning lettermen: Tally Wilson (So.); Skyler Harvey (Sr.); Isabel Vigil (Sr.); Taya Bower (Jr.); Anessa Broker (So.); Abby Stoll (So.).
Newcomers: Megan Martin (So.); Megan Norton (Fr.); Hunter Stroh (Fr.).