Coach: Carey Bacon
Last year: Finished eighth at the Northwest Conference Championships with 39 points. ... Finished eighth at the Class 1A Tri-District Finals with 34 points. ... Finished sixth at the Class 1A State Championships with 26 points.
Returning state participants: Hillary Kiele (sr., 800); Kieya Villars (sr., 300 hurdles): Elle Moore (sr., shot put, discus); Taylor V’Dovec (sr., high jump*); Olivia Adams (sr., pole vault*)
Others to watch: Ashley Delligatti (so., sprints); Kiana Gray (so., throws)
Outlook: Blaine coach Carey Bacon pulled his senior group of girls aside at the beginning of the season and let them know they have the chance to do something special this season. That goes to show just how strong of a senior class the Borderites have. “We have a good senior class overall, one of the best we have ever had.” Bacon said in a phone interview. “They have some input on how they should monitor progress with the team and how to keep everybody on board.” Headlining Blaine’s strong senior group is a pair of state champions, Taylor V’Dovec and Olivia Adams. V’Dovec won a high jump title last year and Adams took home the pole vault crown. Defending their titles should prove challenging this spring, given they move up in classification. Hillary Kiele gives Blaine a strong distance runner, Kieya Villars is a standout hurdler and Elle Moore is a returning state participant in the shout put and discus. Bacon said Moore is expecting to add javelin to her repertoire. The Borderites finished sixth at state last spring, and they’ll certainly be motivated to see if they can fare as well in the 2A ranks this spring.