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LONG JUMP: Chippewa Hills senior Emonee Anderson begins her jump during practice on Friday at Chippewa Hills High School. Anderson is a three-time state qualifier. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

LONG JUMP: Chippewa Hills senior Emonee Anderson begins her jump during practice on Friday at Chippewa Hills High School. Anderson is a three-time state qualifier. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

Chippewa Hills girls track team aims for second straight state title

REMUS — The Chippewa Hills girls track and field team is looking to keep a few streaks alive this season.

The Warriors are hoping to repeat as Division 2 state champions and extend their dual meet win streak to 93. They have won 88 straight dual meets dating back to 2002.

“We maintained a good portion of the team,” Chippewa Hills coach Sally Schafer said. “The goals are still the same, we just have to fill some of the holes.”

The team graduated three state qualifiers but still return plenty of experience.

Senior Emonee Anderson, a three-time state qualifier, competes in the 400-meter dash, high jump, long jump, and is a part of the 4×400 relay team.

“I feel pretty good,” Anderson said. “I feel a lot better than last year starting out. I’m a lot faster than I was at the beginning last year.”

Senior Jennifer McNeal is also among the key returners. She placed fourth in the state in the 400 last year.

McNeal, Kylie Schafer and Emily Starck are all returning from the 4×800 relay team which took fifth in the state last season.

“We have all our speed back this year,” Sally said. “We haven’t lost any speed. We gained some with the freshman group that came in, too. Some of them have played major roles on the team already, so that’s pretty impressive.”

Sally mentioned Payton Ethridge and Hannah Fiegle as two freshmen that have played a big role already. She also noted there are several freshmen that have a lot of potential, but they are victims of a number game — there are 56 girls on the team.

“I explained to them, a lot of them would be some of the best runners on some other teams, but they’re joining a state championship team. So they can learn from the seniors, the juniors and then work hard and they will get there.”

The team is 2-0 this season in duals, cruising past Newaygo and Central Montcalm on April 14. It runs at the Morley Stanwood Relays on Saturday.

 

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Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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