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With the co-ed North Shore Conference Indoor coming up on April 6 at Homestead, the Whitefish Bay girls track team is rounding into spring form.

Coach Ben Van Male has been pleased with the blend of up-top talent, such as seven-time state distance running champ Camille Davre and state-level pole vaulter Aly Yurkowitz combined with a very solid overall turnout.

"All is well; all is calm," said Van Male, who led the Blue Dukes to a state team title in 2015.

"The team is looking solid. Cami Davre is in great shape, and it will be a treat to see her compete in her final season. Aly Yurkowitz looks like she hasn't missed a beat in pole vault and is PRing this early in the season; makes me think she will be a podium contender up at state.

"(Distance runner) Josie Helf has some speed in her legs and a lot of drive, so I think she will have an impressive season. The rest of the team is fairly young, and we definitely have some talented athletes. It will be a matter of hard work, refining skills and figuring out the best niche for everyone to build the strongest team."

Bay, which is on spring break, last competed in its own Lois Wolf Invite on March 20. The Blue Dukes have around 60 athletes on the team; the vast majority of them are underclassmen.

The only other seniors on the team aside from Davre and Yurkowitz are Vanda Trebichavsy, Heather Smallpage, Ane Senning, Arancha Munoz and Sydnney Islam.

Others expected to make an impact include distance runner Julia Hall and sprinters Susanna Evans and Kayla Lever. There are north of 15 freshmen out this spring, too.

Davre, a Michigan recruit, won the 1,600- and 800-meter state titles three times and owns the state record in the 800 (2:09.22). She also won a title with the 4x800 relay in 2015. Yurkowitz, the two-time D2 state gymnastics all-around champ, was a state qualifier in the pole vault last spring.

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