The Hillsboro varsity girls track & field squad has a nice mix of youth and experience as it heads into the 2019 season next week. Head coach Dina Holland is excited about the potential of this year’s team.
“We are young with some great, positive attitudes,” she says. “It is pretty early to determine where we will fall in some of the meets this year, but we have some young talent, and we have some older leadership, so we are pretty excited about this season.”
On the experience side, Holland has some seasoned veterans who will lead the way for the Hawks. “Halle Roland is a returning state qualifier in the javelin,” Holland notes. “I have no doubts that she will be trying to make some noise at the state track meet this year. Also, Kelsey Boyd in the shot put qualified in 2017, and just missed being able to throw at state last year. She has been putting in a lot of work.”
But, with any squad that will rely on younger athletes, there’s always question marks heading into a new season. “With some of our younger girls, we will be trying to find their niche in track and field, and sometimes that takes awhile,” Holland states. “We have a strong group of hard workers who don’t back down to a challenge. We will be a work in progress as we try to find exactly how everyone fits into a meet, and what events they will excel at.”
Holland has several athletes she’s especially looking forward to watching develop this season. “Emma Wright is coming off a great cross country season and is showing a lot of promise along with Emily Hoese, Bri Langrehr, and the Barton sisters (Brianna and Marissa). Emma Hirstein is back on the track after a year’s hiatus. We have freshman newcomer, Maya Wright, who I believe will be helping our team out. We have another Roland, Halle’s sister Evie, who is looking pretty good in the javelin as well. We are looking forward to improving and continuing to build our Hawks track and field program.”
In regards to this season’s schedule, Holland said to not expect a lot of changes…until the end of the season. “Our regular schedule is pretty close to the way it has been in the past. Our post season district and sectional is completely different than it has ever been in the past. We’re out on our own from almost every conference team in the post season, and will be competing against schools we normally do not see until the state meet.”
The challenge begins on Monday as the team hosts the Hawk Relays. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. For more detail of this season’s schedule, just follow this link: 2019 Hillsboro Track & Field Schedule.