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Danville’s Destiny Carter runs the last leg of the 400 meter relay Friday at the IHSA Class AA girls track meet at Charleston.

When asked about freshmen the first words from Danville Viking assistant track coach Donald Tetter’s mouth are, “I hate freshmen.”

While Tetter is not being serious with that statement it does speak of the inexperience that being a first year student athlete brings. For three Viking freshmen, inexperience will not be a problem next season after experiencing this year’s state track meet in Charleston.

“It is very difficult to work with freshmen because they do not know what they are doing and everything is new to them but these three girls have really put in the work and they deserved to be down here,” said Tetter.

Destiny Carter, Casimir Bailey, and LaWanda Lofton are those girls and they — along with junior Chasity Wright — competed in the girls Class AA 400 meter relay on Friday. The quartet put together a solid showing by finishing sixth in their heat with a time of 49.86 seconds.

“We had good exchanges on the first two handoffs but the exchange between Casimir and Destiny was not as good but we still finished with a very good time and I am extremely proud of all of them,” said DHS head track coach Wesley Brown.

While the three freshmen are still learning the ropes on the high school level, they have already earned the respect and admiration of their junior comrade.

“Those three are the best runners we have,” said Wright.

If that is the case, Wright can take some credit for that fact because all three freshmen were quick to chime in that she was one of their role models.

“Chasity is someone I used as a role model in track because of the way she works. Her, Kayla Stipp, and Jasmine Dunbar were all there for us and I looked up to all three of them,” said Bailey.

While the 400-meter relay team was the only Danville relay team to make the state meet, one of the three freshmen, Carter, also competed in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. In the 100-meter dash, Carter more then held her own going stride for stride with a heat field containing only two under classmen out of its eight contestants. Carter finished with a time of 12.54 seconds good enough for third but .38 of a second shy of second place and a berth in today’s state final.

“I got off the blocks kind of bad, but I still finished pretty well but I didn’t qualify and that was something I wanted to do,” said Carter.

In the 200-meter dash Carter placed sixth in her heat with a time of 25.92 and may have also learned a lesson according to Brown.

“When she did not make the final in the 100 meter she got a little discouraged and it may have carried over into the 200 meter. That is why I told her she has to stay encouraged and not let one race performance effect the next race,” said Brown.

Overall Brown was pleased with the day’s action and even though his team gained some vital experience, he was quick to point out that that was not what the Vikings came for.

“We didn’t come here for experience we came here to compete and perform and that is what we did,” said Brown.

When asked what the best thing about freshmen was Coach Tetter responded, “they come back as sophomores.” While that may be a good thing for the DHS coach it could spell big trouble for the rest of the Big 12.

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