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Prep Winter Track Notepad: Indians’ busy athletes still reaching new heights

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Stafford track and field coach Pete Augrom has to share two of his top female athletes this season.

Amiaya Carey is also a cheerleader and performer with the Indians’ step team. Ashley Hinton doubles as a gymnastics standout.

But so far this indoor season, the limited availability hasn’t hindered the development of the two juniors.

Carey has cleared a career-best 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump. And Hinton has set a new personal best with an 11–1 pole vault.

Carey’s ascension has been more stunning to Augrom. While Hinton earned all-Group AAA honors in the pole vault in 2012, Carey had never cleared 5 feet in the high jump before this season.

“She has more confidence,” Augrom said of Carey. “It’s just finally clicking.”

Carey cleared 5 feet on the first day or practice in December. Stafford coaches kept increasing the bar by an inch, and on Dec. 22 she reached 5–4 when she won the event at the PR Holiday Invitational in Landover, Md.

Hinton also excelled in Landover. Her 11–1 mark tied a meet record which was established by South County’s Felicia Majors in 2011.

Hinton was an All-Area track and gymnastics performer last season. Augrom said it “depends on the day” when determining which sport she wants to pursue in college.

“She’s really keeping her options open,” Augrom said.

As for Stafford’s boys, Augrom said the Indians are off to a slow start. Senior standout distance runner Ian MacLeod is still recovering from mononucleosis.

Augrom is expecting junior distance standout Joey Abbatiello to have a breakthrough meet at the St. Christopher’s Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Richmond.

—Taft Coghill Jr.