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May 21, 2014

Track athletes shine

Pioneer's Kiser, Cass' Smith claim track sectional titles

FAIRMOUNT — Pioneer freshman Madison Kiser made quite an IHSAA Tournament debut for herself on Tuesday.

Kiser broke the Madison-Grant Sectional record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.36 seconds. She defeated runner-up Kaitlyn Daanen of Northwestern by more than a second.

“It was definitely good competition tonight,” Kiser said, “but I was pushed and I’m definitely ready for regionals.”

Kiser also anchored the Panthers’ sectional champion 4x400 relay team. Lewis Cass junior Kelsey Smith was the champion in the 200 dash.

Kiser broke the sectional record in the 400 that was owned by none other than Brittany Neeley of Eastern’s famous Neeley twins who now run at IU. Neeley set the previous record of 58.55 in 2011 and was the state champ in the 800 a year ago.

Kiser thinks Neeley probably didn’t go all out in the 400 when she set the record, but either way it was quite a start to her career for the freshman.

“They’re one of my role models, I’ve always looked up to them,” Kiser said of the Neeley twins. “It’s great a feeling to be able to accomplish something like that.”

Pioneer coach David Gregorich is looking for big things from Kiser in the future.

“I don’t think there’s anybody that I’ve ever seen since I’ve been in track that works harder than her,” he said. “Natural talent to start with and obviously the work ethic, you can’t beat it. Obviously she could be good at anything, it doesn’t matter what we put her in she’s going to strive to be the best at it.”

Pioneer’s Maddie Boucher, Sarah Dorris, Bailey Storey and Kiser won the 4x400 relay in 4:11.95. They won by more than two seconds over the runner-up team from Cass.

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