“She is a great hurdler,” said Pedersen. “It will hurt a little bit to lose her.”
Looking at the competition in the Tri-Valley, GMU-Morris should be tough again this year.
“In terms of shear numbers, they will be very hard,” said Pedersen.
GM-U/Morris won the Tri-Valley Champions last season.
Overall, Pedersen said she is very happy about the group she is working with this year.
“They are very dedicated and self-motivated,” said Pedersen. “I enjoy coming to practice every day.”
“No matter how hard I push them, they always have a smile on their faces,” Pedersen continued. “The girls are very committed to each other and the team.”
On the boy’s side, Dave Prouty will be working with a team of only 10 athletes.
“Our numbers are definitely down. We are always looking for recruits,” said Prouty.
Two new recruits this season for the Wildcats are junior Paul VanWarner and senior Brandon Macumber.
VanWarner, a sprinter, is also playing baseball this season.
“It’s a work in progress,” said Prouty of VanWarner juggling both sports. “I look forward to seeing what he can do for us.”
Brandon Macumber is trying track for the first time, but Prouty is optimistic about his abilities.
“He’s working really hard and we are trying to find out his strengths,” said Prouty. “He’ll do really well for us this year.”
Seniors Josh Bush and Elijah Rutledge will be top competitors for the Wildcats this season.
“I’m looking for (Bush) to lead our sprinters this year,” said Prouty. Bush will also throw for Milford.
“Elijah is one of the best high jumpers in the Tri-Valley and Class D,” said Prouty of Rutledge, who may also run middle distance this season and compete in another jumping event.