On Thursday the Waxahachie Lady Indians kicked off the 2009 track and field season with an impressive performance in Red Oak.

With a group of talented athletes returning to the field this year the Waxahachie Lady Indians have high expectations for the season.

“Our goal is to improve upon last year.  We are still a pretty young team with only three seniors,” Waxahachie coach Dana Scott said.

Seniors on the team are Kateshia Overton, Amanda Mangan and P’Kandra Jordan. All three seniors are members of the Lady Indian basketball team and will join the track team once basketball season is complete.

Last year the Lady Indian 800-meter relay and 1600-meter relay team advanced to the regional meet. All four members of each team return in hopes of repeating as regional qualifiers this year.

Members of the 800-meter relay team are Caycie Barrett, Sha’Ryan Davis, Shaquille Davis and Hannah Bush. The 1600-meter relay team consists of Hannah Bush, Rebecca Chagnon, Shaquille Davis and Stevetia Turner.

This season Waxahachie will compete in District 16-4A against Midlothian, Waco, Hewitt Midway, University, Ennis, Cleburne and Corsicana.

“We are in a really tough district. We are glad to get away from state champion Lancaster but Midway had several kids go to state last year and always has a great track program. Waco High is loaded with athletes too.  It will be tough again this year,” Scott said.

Returning to the varsity team this season are Meredith Backus (300 hurdles), Caycie Barrettt (400 relay, 800 relay, 200m dash), Hannah Bush (400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay), Morgan Calvert (800m, 1600), Rebecca Chagnon (800m school record holder, 1600 relay), Bridgett Collins (400 relay, 100m), Shaquille Davis (800 relay, 1600 relay, 400m), Sha’ Ryan Davis (400 relay, 800 relay, 200m), Hayley Jefferson (shot, discus), P’Kandra Jordan (long jump, triple jump), Amanda Mangan  (shotput school record holder), Chanel Miller (long jump), Katesha Overton (discus), Brittanya Sterns (shotput) and Stevetia Turner (1600 relay, 400m, triple jump).

“I think we have the toughest region in the state for girls track. Lancaster has won state the last eight years. Teams like Midway, Highland Park, the Frisco schools, and others are always good,” Scott said.

Six Lady Indian freshmen will be counted upon this season to help Waxahachie reach its goal of competing at the regional level as a team.

Kate Praslicka (high jump and sprints), Dae Dae Davis (high jump, triple jump, sprints), Danielle Calhoun (400m dash, 1600m relay), Elizabeth Martinez (1600m, 3200m), Kranesha Overton (shot, discus) and Kristen Cotten (pole vault, triple jump, sprints) are the freshmen that will seek to make a splash on this year’s varsity squad.

Martinez advanced to regionals in cross country in the fall as did Chagnon.

“We are really proud of our kids. They have been working very hard. We still have some kids in soccer and basketball so we have had to move some kids around to different events but are looking forward to having them compete,” Scott said.