A quick look at the Dunlap girls track team shows you familiar faces in familiar spots at the finish line.
But a familiar face is in a new spot. Assistant coach Amanda Young has replaced the retired Pat Garst as head coach.
“It’s always been a deam of mine. It’s one of the reasons I went into education was to coach,” said Young. “The girls are great, Pat has been great. I must have just enough credibility that they trust me.”
Another significant change for Dunlap is its bump up to class 3A after consecutive years winning state titles in class 2A.
“The seniors tell the team that just because we are 3A desn’t mean we don’t have a chance,” said senior Lizzy Hoenes. “It doesn’t mean we won’t be good again this year. We competed against 3A teams last year, it’s not that much different.”
The Eagles are unbeaten against 2A opponents this season.
“It’s anew challenge. There’s some people who were nervous at first, I was one of them,” senior Kiara Pauli said. “But they are not Olympians, they’re girls running for the same goal.”
Young added: “The expectations are high, not really for me but for the girls. They hold each other to a high standard. They realize just because the coiaching is differendt, the experiences are the same.”
New season, new head coach, new classification. Same goals for state champ Dunlap.