TERRE HAUTE —
“This is easily the best team I’ve ever had in coaching,” Jarvis proclaimed. “We’ve been spending a lot of time together and we can’t wait to get this first race in [the Bloomington North Early Bird Meet today].”
The Braves are paced by seniors Katie Schmidt (121st in the state last year), Nikki Thiede (124th in the state), Sam Holmes (166th in the state) and Nicole Howe, junior Natalie Shanks (158th in the state) and sophomores Kirsten Peterson (142nd in the state), Katie Barton and Aydee Dalina (146th in the state).
Jarvis said the often-injured Thiede might be returning to her old form, which would be bad news for South competitors.
“I think she’s in the best shape she’s been in since the fall of her freshman year,” the Braves’ coach noted.
As for Schmidt, “ Jarvis said: “She’s really came on last spring. She’s been able to train through when Nikki’s been hurt the last couple years.”
Jarvis also mentioned that this most likely will be Peterson’s final season on the team because her family is wanting to move out of town.
• West Vigo — As stated earlier, DeGroote said his girls are “just a little behind” but shouldn’t need much time to catch up to their Wabash Valley competitors.
His top runners include seniors Shaelynn White and Taylor Bunch and junior Shelby Sparks. DeGroote also thinks a newcomer to the team, senior Kortney Brown, should make an immediate impact.
Others capable of making some noise are senior Katie Jones, junior Amanda Bridgewater and sophomore Shelby Edington, who also plays basketball and softball at West Vigo.
The Vikings evened their record at 1-1 Thursday by defeating Sullivan 21-38 and will run again Sept. 7 in the State Preview Meet at the Gibson course.