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Friday, June 29, 2012
Head coach Bill Taylor has announced the addition of nine student-athletes for next season’s women’s track and field team. Three will join the squad strictly in a track and field position, joining six signees announced Thursday that will also contribute in cross country.
“Our women’s track & field team adds three athletes, mainly helping out in the field event areas,” said assistant coach Luke Syverson. “All three have won individual state championship titles in their events.”
Pole vaulter Keeley Baskin (Lakeland, Tenn./Harding Academy) is one of the top pole-vaulters in the state. She has finished top-five on three occasions at the State Championships, including a victory in 2010. She is the school-record holder in the event.
From the Harding Academy in Searcy, Ark., Braeghtyn McAleese was the 2011 3A discus state champion as a junior. She took runner-up in 2012 and was fourth in the shot put, leading her team to the second of back-to-back state championship titles.
Jumper Bethany Imperial (Wapato, Wash./Riverside Christian) is a two-time state champion (2011-12) and four-time qualifier in the triple jump, as well as the school record-holder. She has placed in the top-10 in the state in the long jump, 400m dash, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and all three relay events.
“Keeley instantly improves our women’s vault group, which is very exciting,” Taylor said. “Bethany helps us a ton in horizontal jumps, and Braeghtyn adds depth to our throws.”
Syverson is eager to work with the trio in the field events.
“Bethany Imperial will be able to help out in a few areas and might be a strong multi event athlete for us in the future,” Syverson said. “I know our throwers are excited to welcome Braeghtyn to their group and Keeley adds strength right away to our vaulters and will look to add points at the conference level as a freshman.”
Personal Bests (Event in parentheses)
Keeley Baskin: 11’ 6” (Pole Vault)