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Girls track notes

Published March 21 at 1:22 a.m. | Last updated March 23 at 10:03 p.m.

City League

* Carroll has one of the strongest hurdles program in the state, proof being Kristen Sponsel, Kristen Powell and Margaret Seiler. Hannah Lubbers, Cara Detmer and Madelyn Halstead are other state qualifiers.

* East returns Haleigh Lewis, who qualified for state in the discus and javelin.

* Heights has state title contenders back in Taylor Chandler (sprints) and Tahlia Pope (high jump). Ashlynn Hermann, Madison Wheeler and Brooke Crockett are other state qualifiers.

* Kapaun will contend for a state team title with Mackenzie Maki (distance) and Emily Cook back.

* North has solid returners in the distance races in Amber Eichkorn and Halle Suderman. Samantha Wyatt also returns in the throws.

* A young team returns to Northwest , but will be led by state qualifiers Tondria Nolen, Elizabeth Thompson, Sheron Williams and Allie Wingert.

* South has one state qualifier back in shot putter Kialani Rattler.

* Southeast has a solid core to build around in Aarian Tipton, Dana Gates, Jamillah Bonner, Kerisha Broadus and Kiara Peoples.

* West qualified its 400 relay team for state last season and will to do so again this season, led by JoJo Stewart.

Area

* The entire 400 relay team that took fifth at state is back for Andale , which will look to defend its regional title with Ann Bogner, Jeffi Holman, Natalie Schauf and Julia Emberson.

* Baylee Clifton (100), Danielle Robinson (high jump) and Kimberly Clark (triple jump) will lead Andover .

* Tiffany Bias is the state champion in the 400 for Andover Central . Kelsey Banwart also returns in the sprints.

* Rakiyah Taylor will lead Arkansas City in the sprints.

* Belle Plaine's Sierra Dopfel placed second in the pole vault last year. Ivy Wellman, Brynn McInytre and Megan Doyle will be strong in distance races.

* Jenna Gannon has a chance to qualify in the throws for Bluestem .

* Another young team is back for Campus , which has one state qualifier back in Kaitlyn Keck (800 and high jump).

* Chaparral brings back Katlyne Mercer (javelin), Dunnae Mercer (sprints) and Brandi Barwick (sprints).

* Cheney's Hailey Twietmeyer was the runner-up at state last year in the javelin. Alissa Gould is the school's record-holder in the pole vault.

* Most of Circle 's regional title team is returning with Ally Burden, Jessica and Josie Wright, Page Lindstrom, Christy Coney and Kyrstie Ehm back.

* Plenty of state experience is back for Collegiate in Megan Duggins (distance), Arielle Feist (sprints), Ellie and Maggie Newlin (distance), Sydney Lower (distance) and Grace LeMaster (hurdles).

* The throwing events will be a strength for Conway Springs with Cheryl Seiwert and Kim Hold returning.

* Derby will look to defend its league title with Ashley Lyons (throws), Taylor Littleton (sprints), Emily Hornbeck (distance) and Amber Green (distance).

* Douglass' Lauren Green is one of the most accomplished sprinters in the state. Savannah Wright also returns in the distance races.

* State champs return to El Dorado in Jaimie House (pole vault) and Molly Milbourn (800, 1600). Ashley Leckliter (pole vault) finished second last year, as well.

* Eureka will have a young team, led by Brittany Harrington, Taylyn Schwartz, Haley Pitko and Bailee Barrett.

* Kaylie Clark (javelin) and Page Stuhlsatz (pole vault) are state champions at Garden Plain , which also returns Nicole Dooley, Mackenzie Fisher, Sierra Hays, Jordan Hoheisel, Camille Hubert and Ann Pauly.

* Goddard has state qualifiers back in Monica Gardiner (javelin) and Megan Ballinger (3200).

* Hesston returns all of its state qualifiers, as Mollie Nebel (league champion in four events) highlights the bunch.

* Hillsboro has senior Dakota Kaufman, which placed third in the long jump and second in the triple jump last year at state.

* Hutchinson has plenty of depth this season led by Casey Lee, Samantha Apple, Sholanda Maple and Madison Schrock.

* A small team is out for Hutch Trinity , but Adrienne Duarte should be competitive in the 800.

* Tina Liu is a two-time state medalist for Independent in the triple jump. Ashton Capps and Emily Ramseyer also return.

* Kingman's top returners will be Sarah Schrag and Hayley Mertens.

* Shelby Buster was second at state in the discus last year for Madison .

* Dani Walker is the state champion in the 800 for Maize . Lisa Tomasu, Courtney Stuckey, Najai Hill and Corinne Penner are other state qualifiers.

* Shanise Rise has already won a pair of state titles in her first two years at Medicine Lodge . Rice will compete in the jumps and the javelin.

* McPherson has three athletes back that qualified for state in two events in Anna Eigruber, Andrea Nowak and Kelsi Beam.

* Mulvane will be a small squad, but Helen Hughes, Jolee Gosch and Kendra Reusser should do well.

* A competitive team returns to Newton , that will be led by Meg Ingwerson, Erin Bradley, Katelin Gaeddert and Katie Loescher.

* Pretty Prairie has a lot to replace, but Anne Elpers and Katie Graber should help.

* Remington should challenge for a league title again behind Morgan Trible, Kari Thiessen, Katie Regier, Victoria Marthing and Kylee Frazell.

* Katie Gilbert and Katelynn Slade are state returners at Rose Hill .

* Katie Hurlbutt qualified for state in the 100, 200 and 400 last season for Valley Center .

* Wellington returns Cassie Wiley, a sprinter and jumper.

* Winfield will have Charissa Wall be a strength in the throws, and also returns Dacarra Peppers and Kayla McDonald.