By Erin Walker
Outdoor Track season is officially underway here at James River High School, and the athletes are hard at work, grinding on the track. While the team this year may be small, what they lack in size they make up for it in talent and hardwork. Many of the athletes are returning from indoor track and ready to make this season their best yet.
Senior Katelyn Wiley is returning from indoor. Wiley runs the 300 meter hurdles, 400 meter dash, the 200 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay. She also triple, long and high jumps. Wiley has been running indoor and outdoor for four years, all of high school, and has had a very successful career. She has placed in states many times, indoor and outdoor, and has received many medals. Wiley also has the school record for the indoor 500 meter dash.
Senior Erin Walker is also returning from indoor. Walker runs the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the 4x100 meter relay. Walker also has been running all four years and has done almost everything. Her and Wiley were part of the state champion 4x200 meter relay team (along with Lauren Ogle and Emily Walker) in 2017. Walker has the school record in the indoor 300 meter dash.
Junior Abbagail Link is a breath of fresh air for the track team. She supports her teammates in every way, on and off the track. Link runs the 800 meter run and the 1600 meter run. Link has competed in states many times, indoor and outdoor, and has been running her whole high school career.
Also on the team is junior Adaline Bisese. Bisese runs the 800 meter in outdoor. She has been running since her sophomore year and has continually improved. While she doesn’t run indoor, she is a staple on the track team and a great athlete.
Cheyanne Forson is also a junior and has been running since her sophomore year. Forson also runs the 800 meter and improves with every race.
Junior Niki Kirk runs the 110 meter hurdles and the 100 meter dash. Niki is an outgoing member of the team and practice it’s always quiet without her. Niki is returning from a successful indoor season and has continued to improve.
Victoria Trabulsie is another junior on the team and throws shot put and disk. This is Trabulsie’s first year throwing for River, but continues to improve with every practice.
Vanessa Lima is one of the two sophomores on the team, and runs the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash and the 4x100 relay. Lima is only a sophomore, but is incredibly talented. Her freshman year Lima made it to states on the 4x100 meter relay which placed fourth in the state. Lima also triple and long jumps.
Janiah Merchant is a double threat and one of the two sophomores on the team. Merchant throws shot put and also runs. This is her first year running for the Knights, but has already proved to be talented.
Holly Hylton is one of the two freshman on the team and is also coming off from a great indoor season. Hylton ran the 55 meter preliminaries at indoor states and also ran in the 500 meter dash. In outdoor, Hylton runs the 300 meter hurdles. Hylton has a zest for running, something that isn’t always common on the track team. She always has a bright attitude and works as hard as she can.
Regan Hester is also a freshman on the track team. She proves that talent runs in the family and is a successful hurdler like her brother. Hester is also returning from indoor season, where she made it to regionals. In outdoor, Hester runs the 300 meter hurdles, the 100 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay.
Every girl on the team is excited for the outdoor track season to start. All the girls are immensely talented and everyone is looking forward to seeing how much everyone improves throughout the season and all the medals everyone receives. The track team would love it if people came out to support them, with their first meet being this weekend (March 30th) at Hidden Valley High School.