By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Underclassmen make up a majority of the Richmond Lady Spartan track team as they get ready for the new season. Coach Mike Long begins his third season leading the Richmond girls and has nearly a dozen freshmen and four first-year runners among his 34 who have reported for practice.
Distance specialist Mary Beth Bailey returns for her junior season and was Richmond’s lone sectional qualifier.
Bailey advanced to the sectional meet with a fourth-place finish in 3,200-meter run at the district meet last spring. She then went on to place sixth in the sectional – just two spots shy of advancing to the state meet.
With Bailey taking care of the distance races, Long believes that will be a strength in his Lady Spartan squad this season. He also feels good about the middle distance runners and his relay squads as well.