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  • Pleasant Ridge track ready for last leg

  • Rams want to build on 2012 regional success
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  • Team: Pleasant Ridge track
    Last year’s top finishes:
    * Boys' squad won league and regional titles
    * Girls' team tied for third at league and finished 10th in regional action
    Coach: Glenda Connelly
    Key returnees:
    * Tony Weber; 1,600-meters regional runner-up, 3,200-meters regional champ and finished eighth at state
    * Kyle Lansing; state qualifier in the 4x100 and 4x400
    * Blake Graham; state qualifier in the 4x100 and 4x400
    * Rachel Hattok; state qualifier in 1,600-meters
    * Oleta McCaully; fifth in the javelin at regionals
    * Kimberly Barber; fifth in the triple jump at regionals
    Newcomers to watch:
    * Syvannah Williams
    * Matt Smith
    Team Outlook: STRENGTHS — A great work ethic seems to be the highlight of this year's Pleasant Ridge track and field squad.
    “As a team our athletes work very hard at practice,” Connelly said. “The seniors and juniors are fine leaders and the sophomores and freshmen bring in a lot of enthusiasm.”
    WEAKNESSES — A lot of kids are trying new events this season according to Connelly, which she hopes the team will have “the kinks worked out” by regionals.
    Coach says: “I hope April and May are a lot warmer that March!”
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