The Perry Jayettes track and field team is gearing up for another solid season, where they hope their results take them to Des Moines.
Once again head coach Matt Hardy along with assistant coach Jeff Fox are back to guide their young athletes.
Leading the Perry squad is senior Emma Olejniczak. Last season Olejniczak was the lone Jayette representative at state where she competed in the 400.
Olejniczak along with juniors Grace Stewart, Sidney Vancil and Breanna Peneger are all poised to make significant strides in several events. These Jayettes are the team’s top four returning point-scorers, according to Hardy.
Last season, Olejniczak recorded the fastest times in two events. In the 400-meter dash she ran a 1:04.36 and a 2:31.65 in the 800-meter run.
Her other teammates finished last season with some solid times. Stewart ran a personal best of 11:44.53 in the 3000-meter run. Peneger recorded a 1:16.52 in the 400-meter hurdles and Vancil came in a close second to Olejniczak in both the 400 and 800 meter.
Hardy is also confident at what newcomers Haley Vaughn and Rachel Kinney, both seniors, might bring to the team.
“They are new to the team this year and have looked very good in practice,” he said.
The head coach knows the season flies by quickly and wants his athletes to look back and feel that they competed at their best.
“The season will be a success if the girls take advantage of their opportunities to compete in practice/meets,” Hardy said. “The goal is to have the girls improve their times/marks with each meet as the season progresses. It would be awesome to qualify a relay and a couple of individuals for the state meet in May.”