Hayden tracksters set for season

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2011 Tigers track and field schedule

— Weeks of warm, spring-like weather proved to be good news for the Hayden High School track team. The success of the school’s basketball teams, however, did not.

The Tigers depart for their first meet of the season, Saturday in Delta, with many athletes who have participated in only a few practices and without a few top athletes.

Still, as the squad heads into the new season, first-year coach Richard Bush had little trouble finding things to be optimistic about. The Tigers return three athletes who competed in last year’s state meet, a trio led by state medalist Chris Zirkle.

Zirkle is coming off a third-place finish in the 3,200-meter run and a ninth-place showing in the 1,600.

“He’s been working hard all winter, training even in the snow,” Bush said. “He’s looking really good.”

He’ll be joined by Aubree Haskins and Savannah Williams, who have just gotten into the track season after the Tigers’ girls basketball team made the state tournament.

Williams, a sophomore, placed 13th in the 3,200. Haskins, a junior, was 16th in the triple jump at state a year ago but should be a threat not only to return in that event, but several throwing events.

“She’s really maturing from last year, not just physically, but mentally,” Bush said. “She’s motivated, and that’s the great thing about her.”

Elsewhere, the Tigers are hoping for breakthrough performances from the deep 41-athlete roster.

Hayden Blake just missed state in hurdles last year. Dakota Zehner could shine in the sprint and jumping events, and Krista Tomke returns for the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

“She’s a senior and has a great ability,” Bush said. “We could really do something this year.”

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