Practices for the Greene County High School track & field teams resume in earnest today. The Rams had Spring Break last week and practices were optional. Head girls’ coach Kelly Simpson and head boys’ coach Dean Lansman are preparing their teams for the March 27 Greene County Early Bird Meet at Linduska Field in Jefferson, the first meet of the outdoor season.

The girls’ team returns four athletes with State Meet experience. That list includes sophomore Melanie Doran, who ran the opening 100 meters on the Rams’ 2016 sprint medley relay that placed 14th in Class 3A. Doran was asked about her improvement from last year to this. “I still have a lot to learn, but I have grown a lot in the past year. Last year, when we did time trials, I didn’t have very good times, but I’ve worked a lot in the off season and have gotten better with a lot of different races, so I’m hoping it will show.”

Doran is a hurdler, who also could be on multiple relays for the Rams. It could be a very competitive season for the Rams as all the point scorers from the 2016 squad return.