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The future may be now for Cheney girls' track

Despite youth and inexperience, head coach Tom Stralser believes the Blackhawks have the talent to be competitive


John McCallum

Cheney high jumpers Sara Pierson (left) and Kayla Lemelin stretch out before their event at Wednesday's three-team jamboree at the high school.

Despite being the smallest of the top four schools, with seven competitors, the Cheney High girls' track and field team missed a second-place finish at last year's 2A state meet by half a point.

Five of those seven have moved on, four due to graduation, so it would be understandable for Blackhawks' head coach Tom Stralser to view the coming 2014 campaign as a rebuilding year. If one thought that way, one would be wrong.

"I'm pleasantly surprised," Stralser said Monday after the season's first two meets. "I think we may have reloaded in one way or another."

The Blackhawks return two placers...

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