Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 20, 2013

HIGH EXPECTATIONS

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Holly Moore and Cort Mosier give Effingham two senior leaders for the talented youngsters to look up to.

“This is Cort’s fourth year, Holly is a three-year member of the track program,” Williamson said. “They’ve always contributed. A lot of my girls were eighth graders last year, that’s what they were strong in. Our sprints will look pretty strong.”

In the middle distances, Avery Braunecker, Kristina Rivera and Shayna Phillips will all look to give Effingham some added points in the team total. Williamson says Phillips already appears solid in both the 400 and 800 meter runs.

Donaldson, the school’s current record-holder in the mile, and has her sights sight on improving that mark this spring. Bingham figures to be in the mile mix as well, and Williamson said the pair has looked impressive thus far.

“Bingham’s running under six already to start the season for the mile, so they’re right where they need to be.”

In the two-mile race, Kelly Keitel and Madi Wolfer will be Effingham’s top performers.

Williamson returns most of her throwers this season, and the ability of Effingham to score points will likely come down to Jantzen Michael.

“She is fighting off a lingering injury from basketball season,” Williamson said. “She usually brings points for us in discus.”

Maddy Field and Dannie Ashbaugh are this year’s main shot putters, but there are plenty of young throwers waiting in the wing.

“I’ve also got others that I can work in when they need a break,” Williamson said.

It will be hard to replace state qualifier Chelsea Bingham in the vault, as Williamson said the senior was one of the best athletes she’s come across in her three seasons at the helm.

“Obviously my pole vaulting will be a little less than last year,” Williamson said. “Chelsea is vaulting for the University of Louisville, you don’t see athletes like that every day.”

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