Athletes in action on indoor circuit

Tia Baker is always on the run, doing well indoors and out. - submitted
Tia Baker is always on the run, doing well indoors and out.
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The inner circle is where you’ll find several talented track and field athletes from the valley.

Frances Kelsey Secondary grads Jamie Ashcroft and Renee Kennedy — both now at the University of Alaska — were joined by Ladysmith’s Haleigh Lloyd, who also attends the University of Alaska, and Frances Kelsey Grade 12 student Tia Baker in the Dempsey Indoor Preview track meet at the University of Washington.

Ashcroft and Baker both ran personal bests in the 60 metres. Ashcroft’s time was 7.83 seconds and Baker clocked 8.06.

Kennedy did well in the 60 metres and the long jump.

Lloyd, known for her hurdling prowess, is gearing up for a strong final season of university competition.

Baker also ran the 400 metres, not in a personal best but accomplishing a respectable time.

She held back during the first 200 metres in her heat and was last in the pack before turning on the afterburners.

Baker shot past all the other competitors one by one to win her heat.

Considering all the tough competition at the meet, the Cowichan athletes more than held their own and all that training paid off.

Baker has been at the track throughout the so-called off-season with Chicago Bains, Liam Lindsay, Nicole Lindsay and Taryn Smiley for regular training in advance of the outdoor season.

An indoor high school meet takes place in Seattle Feb. 2 for Grades 9 to 12 and renowned coach John May will be gathering together some of the valley’s best young track athletes to make the trip.

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