Fayette track preview

Written by David Green.

Track season is going to be a lot more interesting this year, says Fayette’s head coach Andy Van Zile—not just for him but for team members, too.

“There will be a lot more options for the kids this year,” he said, and he’s talking about the number of athletes competing.

Last year’s girls team couldn’t even put a relay team together with only three competitors. This year’s eight girls certainly isn’t enough to score team victories, but there will be Eagles scattered throughout the events, including a couple of relays.

The boys team is small in numbers also, with only 15, but Van Zile has some quality athletes out and he thinks they might be able to take some team wins.

Van Zile sees a combination of stamina and speed to give the Eagles a good representation despite the low number of girls.

“We have enough people to cover all events and we should be able to compete as a team this year,” Van Zile said. “I think we could surprise some teams in the sprints. A lot of teams are lacking in sprinters but that’s where we’re strong.”

The Eagles open the season Thursday at North Central, with Edon also competing. Fayette returns to North Central again Tuesday.

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