Trojans had a lot of talent back this season – Mount Vernon News

Trojans had a lot of talent back this season  Mount Vernon News

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Centerburg’s MaKenna Hennell runs at the Mount Vernon News SpecTrackular at Fredericktown High School, May 3, 2019. Hennell was one of several regional qualifiers returning for the Troajns, who were looking at big things this spring. The spring season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CENTERBURG — If past success is a predictor of future success, then the Centerburg track & field team was well on its way to a great season. The Trojans featured a state-qualifying relay team and eight athletes that qualified for regional last year in Division III.

Add to that a group of distance runners fresh off a trip to the Division III state meet last fall.

“We were really looking forward to this season, especially our girls team,” Dodrill said. “We had returning state qualifiers back. We had lots of regional qualifiers back. Our girls did really well in the cross country state meet this year. All of those girls were going to be running. We also had a few sprinters (back). So, we had lots of talent coming back on our girls side.”

The girls team had to replace Lindsey Dore, Savannah Gammel, Halle Moreland, Dreanna Perry, Sarah Thatcher and Elise Tucker off a girls team that finished second in the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference.

Aeryn Walters, Elise Tucker, Abigail Dickhof and Avery Tucker qualified for the Division III state meet last year in the 4×800-meter relay. The Trojans return three of those runners in Walters, who is now a senior, and Dickhof and Avery Tucker, who are both sophomores.

Walters, Dickhof, Avery Tucker and McKenna Hennell, now a junior, also qualified for regional in the 4×400-meter relay.

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