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story.lead_photo.caption Kyle Hagemeyer is one of the returning runners this season for the Calvary Lutheran track and field team Photo by Jason Strickland / News Tribune.

Last fall, the Calvary Lutheran boys cross country team won the first athletic state championship for the school.

The Lions and Lady Lions are wanting to ride that momentum into the track and field season.

"I think what's going to benefit them in track is they worked so well as a team in cross country," Calvary coach Kerri Morris said.

Calvary begins the season at 3:30 p.m. today in a meet at Russellville.

Kyle Hagemeyer, who paced the Lions in the Class 1 cross country championships, is entering his first high school track season as a sophomore.

Seniors Grant Going, Cole Going, Isaiah Barg and Josh Thieme, freshman Jaxson Jobe, and sophomore Matthew Johnson look to make their mark on the track.

"It's hard to not look at my distance group of boys when you have a strong cross country season," Morris said. " Obviously our distance will be a strength area for the boys for sure."

Morris said Johnson is working on his javelin throw as well.

Clancy Dunn, a senior, is also expected to compete in the javelin.

Freshmen Sam Schnitzler and Gage Pavely are practicing their jumping.

"We'll just have to see what they can do," Morris said.

The Lions are hoping to field teams in all four relay events.

"We may put some younger kids together on that 4x100 to give them that experience," Morris said.

The group of seven Lady Lions will field as many relay teams as they can.

"I think the girls who are there will work well together," Morris said.

The throwing events will be the strength for the Calvary girls.

Izabella Chilambo, a senior, and Sydney Morris, a freshman, will compete in discus and shot put.

"They both look really strong in the discus," Morris said. "We've been able to throw that a little more with the weather."

Lady Lions senior Baileigh Morris returns in the javelin, while sophomore Kaleigh Kaiser is making progress in the event.

Baileigh Morris, along with sophomore Maddie Homfeldt, will run in the 800-meter run.

"Obviously her cross country history shows she's going to be strong," Morris said of Homfeldt. " She wants to try the 2-mile, which will be new because they don't do that in junior high. She's done the mile before so she'll be competitive there."

Calvary Lutheran has 10 meets scheduled this season, including three this week.

"We're kind of taking all those opportunities," Morris said. "I feel like a little bit we're trying to make up for the fact that they never got to compete last year."

Higbee will host the CCAA meet April 27 at Glasgow.

"That's obviously one of the big goals, especially for these seniors," Morris said. "They have won conference a number of times in track and don't want to miss that their senior year."

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