Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Howell Seeks Second Straight Title; Class 4 Girls Track Preview; Hazelwood Central, Eureka Also Contenders

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Howell Seeks Second Straight Title; Class 4 Girls Track Preview; Hazelwood Central, Eureka Also Contenders

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Francis Howell coach Nate Tower couldn't have asked for last year's Class 4 girls track championships to have transpired any better than the way it did for his Vikings.

"It was one of those things where everything went our way," said Tower, whose team clinched the title by winning the final event, the 1,600-relay.

Howell might very well need things to fall exactly in place for it again if it's going to repeat. The Class 4 meet, which last year ended with Howell winning by just one point over Lee's Summit West and with just nine points separating the first and sixth-place teams, looks like it could be a photo finish again.

The Vikings again are one of the favorites. They've got two standouts that should again make them a front-runner, including versatile senior Whitney Adams, who finished first in the 400-meter run at state last year, third in the 200, fifth in the 100 and was on the winning 1,600-relay squad.

Adams' classmate, Valeska Halamicek, also is a difference-maker. She won the 800 last year at state in 2:13.61 she's got the fifth- best seed time this year in 2:16.06 and also was on the winning 1,600-relay, which has posted the second-best seed time this year at 3:53.56, and the fifth-place 3,200-relay.

Glen Norwood was a senior long jumper at Hazelwood Central back in 1987 when the school's boys and girls teams both won state titles. Now the head coach of the girls team, Norwood hopes to see history repeat itself 26 years later this Saturday.

Central's boys team, the three-time defending state champ, is one of the favorites to finish first, and the girls team, which last won state in 1988, also is expected to vie for the first-place trophy.

"We're trying to get it done," Norwood said. "I remind the girls and the boys (about 1987)."

If the Central girls are able to take first, they'll need a big day from junior standout Ashley Henderson. …

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