TRAVERSE CITY — Paper doesn’t run.
So even though on paper the TC Central girls track team appears to have everything it needs to win Friday’s Division 1 track regional at Central High School, the Trojans aren’t ready to hold an early championship-crowning ceremony.
The defending regional champion Trojans are the favorite, with the top seeds in nine of 17 events and two more No. 2 seeds, but Central is well aware that anything can happen between now and the final event of the meet.
“It’s always fun to see how things shake out on paper, but when it comes to participating and competing you never know what’s going to happen,” said Central girls coach Lisa Taylor.
Aside from having the talent, Central has a big advantage by hosting this year’s regional, where the athletes will be able to sleep in their own beds, perform at a facility they know well and even go to school for part of the day.
“The kids feel real comfortable on their home field,” said Taylor. “To not have to travel is a huge advantage.”
If there’s one event to watch for the Trojans, it’s the 1,600 run. Of the top 15 seeds, Central has 10 of them, beginning with top seed Katie Moses.
“That’s going to be huge,” Taylor said. “The distance events have the opportunity to really perform for their team and help with the team score.”
West has one top seed heading into the meet as freshman Olivia Bishop leads the high jumpers. The Titans’ Allida Smith also is poised to possibly have a big day as the fourth seed in the 100 and the sixth seed in the 200.
Taylor said her team has talked about the opportunity to repeat as regional champions and is taking that very seriously.