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Indoor season hopes to carry over for Belmont girls

Junior Katherine Hickey will look to build off the momentum during the indoor season as she competes in the 400 and 800 meters. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 04, 2011
BELMONT – After several athletes put together outstanding indoor track seasons, the Belmont High School girls' track team will look to continue that success outdoors, as the Red Raiders have a solid foundation in place this spring.

Belmont, which finished 17th at last year's Class M-S Championship meet, will be paced by junior Katherine Hickey, who was sixth in the 600 meters this winter. Hickey will be multi-event threat, as she is likely to compete in the 400, 800 and 4x400 relay.

"She was training on her own every single day from the end of indoor season to the start of outdoor," said BHS coach Aaron Hayward. "She's probably as driven as I've ever seen her. Her goal is to break 60 seconds in the 400. That's a tall order, but she certainly has the speed to do it, it's just a matter of building up a little more leg strength."

Hickey's success during the indoor season will only help during the outdoor season, as she improved every single race she ran.

"I think she went into the state meet during indoor season hoping for the best, but also having big eyes and taking it all in," said Hayward. "I think from here on out, every big meet she goes to, she'll have more of an attitude like 'been there, done that. She's a kid who's an insanely hard worker and the results are speaking for themselves."

Sophomore Rebecca Drew-Moyer also hopes to carry over the momentum from the winter, as she finished 11th in the shot put during indoor season.

"I think she's going to be awesome this spring," said Hayward. "She works really hard and is starting to understand her craft. The interesting thing with her is what'll happen with her sprinting. She did pretty well during the indoor season (at 55 meters) so we're looking to see how well that translates to the 100."

Sophomore Julia Ashey will lead the distance runners, as she will compete in the mile and 800.

"Last year Julia was really an 800-meter kid but during cross country season, we discovered how good of a distance runner she was," said Hayward. "Coming off that cross country season, making the Meet of Champions, she should be able to rip in the mile."

Junior Chelsea Borden will be a steady force in the hurdles, as Belmont looks to be strong in those events. Kayli Ennis should do well in the 800 while Kathy Lipshultz will be solid in the two-mile. Hayward also expects the 4x400 relay team to be competitive, with Hickey, Ennis, Borden and possibly Ashey all having the ability to run sub-70 second legs.

"I think our biggest strength, besides being young and enthusiastic, is that our core kids who did cross country and played soccer are really solid runners," said Hayward. "They're all sort of mid-distance kids so we should be strong anywhere from the 400 to the mile."

The senior class is comprised of Katelyn Boudreau, Kayla Cormier, Sara Prout, Chelsea Smith and Ariel Wright. Juniors include Holly Julian, Olivia Kotusky, Erica Martel and Amanda Titus while the sophomore class has Hannah Drew-Moyer, Emma Kotusky, McKenzi Phelps, Micah Remenar, Katie Riendeau and Claire Spaulding. Belmont has three freshmen on the squad, in Maddie Borden, Nina Gordon and Kiersten Slater.

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