Girls track starts season on renovated track

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Junior Audrey Boles runs a time trial on the newly renovated track, which was completed more than a year ago. Because of the pandemic, there were no meets held there last season.

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For the first time in nearly two years, the girls track and field team will compete in an outdoor meet as they begin their season.

“This conference is going to be a tough one,” head girls track coach Kevin Gummerson said. “It is hard to tell what teams will be strongest as we have not seen them compete outdoors since 2019. I do not have a feel on how well they have been training. However, I anticipate Oswego, Yorkville, Oswego East, West Aurora, and Plainfield North will be really good. Then there is always a team that will surprise you.”

Gummerson is excited to watch the girls compete.

“I can’t wait to watch all of these athletes compete. They have been working hard. It is always great to watch the younger kids that have never experienced this sport before grow and improve,” Gummerson said. “I am also ready to watch the experienced athletes that have been training consistently over the last year to get a chance to run.”

Ava Bezaire, senior, has qualified for state in pole vault in the past.

“I’m hoping I’m able to qualify for state again for my senior year since I did freshman and sophomore year,” Bezaire said. “I wasn’t able to junior year because the season ended, but it would be awesome to place at state.”

Her previous best height is 10 feet, 9 inches. This year she wants to hit 11 feet.

“All meets are good opportunities to jump,” Bezaire said.

Minooka has its first meet at the renovated stadium on April 13 at 4:30 p.m. They compete against Oswego and Yorkville.