Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 9, 2013

Lady Pirates few but fearsome on track

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — The Greensburg girls track and field team will feature 17 girls, a size that girls head coach Katina Tekulve said is comparable to last year’s. Of the 17 girls, 10 are competing in their first high school track season.

The limited numbers, though, do not discourage Tekulve.

“Despite our small team size and youth, we should have a successful season,” she said. “The Lady Pirates have been training diligently and are very focused on what lies ahead.”

The majority of team members will participate in four events in each meet, noted Tekulve.

“We are currently dealing with some injuries that are influencing the placements of our girls,” she said, “but we have a very flexible and hard working group that will step up and meet the needs of the team.”

The returning Lady Pirates are seniors Ericka Carman, Ashton Lunsford and Jessica Hensley, junior Mary Kamman and sophomores Brittany Simon, Sarah Martin, and Sheridan Roberts.

Carman returns for her fourth year, while Lunsford and Hensley return for a second year. Senior Molly Wilcox will compete in her first year on the team.

Kamman, in her third year, was a regional qualifier last season in throws.

Sophomore Cara Zeigler is competing in her first year.

The freshmen include Taylor Brown, Abby Layman, McKella Lynette, Taylor McIntosh, Kasey Moeller, Shelby Pake, Mary Kate Porter and Erica Six.

According to Tekulve, the top scorers will most likely be Kamman in the throws, Pake in distance events, and Kasey Moeller and McIntosh in sprinting and jumping events.

“However, one of the greatest aspects of this sport is to see the progression and successes of individual athletes throughout the season,” said Tekulve. “As we continue to train hard and give our best, all the Pirate Lady track team members are going to excel and go far beyond their original goals.”

Kamman was the most valuable field event athlete last season, as well as a Regional Qualifier in both shot put and Discus. Although she is recovering from an injury, according to Tekulve, with her experience and ability she will be a dominant thrower in 2013 as well.

Senior Ericka Carman, along with freshmen Kasey Moeller and Taylor McIntosh, should be major contributers in jumping events.

Tekulve said Moeller’s speed will benefit her greatly in long jump. McIntosh’s athletic ability in high jump was apparent as she was the best freshman competitor at the EIAC Indoor meet. Carman looks to have a promising season in high jump as well.

The Lady Pirates have lacked a pole vaulter in recent seasons, and this year will be no different.

“We are working through some possibilities for pole vault, but currently we do not have an athlete ready to perform at the competition level,” said Tekulve.

Greensburg looks to send as many Lady Pirates through the conference and regionals as possible, given the potential of several athletes.

“As a small team, most of our goals are individually based.” said Tekulve. “We want to see more ladies make EIAC All-Conference and qualify for Regionals this season. We also want to see more girls make the top 10 performance list in Lady Pirate Track History. Shelby Pake has already made this list in the indoor season (3200), and many others will have the ability to do so as well.”

Tekulve said the athletes most look forward to relay meets and invitationals, like the Crossbones and Lawrenceburg Relays, and the Decatur Central (April 12), East Central (April 25) and Greensburg Invitationals (April 27).

“The Crossbones Relays and the Lawrenceburg Relays (April 16) are a lot of fun for the athletes and coaches both as they have a unique relay format,” she said. “The Decatur Central Invite, East Central Invite, and Greensburg Invite are also great experiences, as we will see some incredibly competitive athletes and teams. Of course, the athletes always thoroughly enjoy the friendly competition against their friends during the county meet.” North Decatur will host the County Meet, scheduled for April 30. The Greensburg boys and the North girls won the county meet last spring.

The EIAC meet is set for May 9 at East Central. The girls sectional is May 14 at Franklin County, while the regional is May 21 at Shelbyville. The State tournament is May 31 at Indiana University.

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.