Girls track preview: Building on last year is key

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St. Francis thrower, Anoka jumper and Blaine, Andover runners take aim at even better results en route to state

Andover
Look for several returning standouts to be back on the track for the Huskies this spring, including Jolene Daninger.

The junior will aim to build on a 13th place finish in the 800 run at state in June. Sophomore Jadyn Knox was 13th in the 400 dash at state and classmate Erin Becker was 16th in the state 100 meter hurdles. Knox also led off the 15th place 4×400 relay team that returns completely intact with junior Tachney Ruprecht, sophomore Erin Becker and Daninger.

Becker won the Section 7AA 110 hurdles title by one-hundredth of a second and was eighth in the 300 hurdle final. Senior hurdler Sharice Jones was fifth in the 300 hurdles.

Coon Rapids sophomore sprinter Brielle Clarke will look to build on a sixth place finish in the 100 dash at the Section 5AA meet in 2015.Photo by Jason Olson
Coon Rapids sophomore sprinter Brielle Clarke will look to build on a sixth place finish in the 100 dash at the Section 5AA meet in 2015.Photo by Jason Olson

Junior Meredith Minton is the top returning thrower coming off a fifth place finish in discus at sections.

Anoka
Anoka hopes to build on the momentum established last spring with an even larger group of students, the most since 2003, for coach Pete Tremaine as he embarks on his 22nd track season.

Junior distance specialist return with Maria Kalkman, Isabella Brezinka and sophomores Sydney Paulson, Taylor Krone and senior Briana Floding.
Senior Miranda Phipps is among the top returning girls for the Tornadoes after a fifth place finish in the state high jump clearing the bar set at 5 feet 4 inches.

Top thrower, senior Kassandra Lueck, is back after finishing second in the shot put at Section 4AAA True Team meet.

Blaine
Blaine girls track coach Ann Stalboerger will look to defend the Northwest Suburban Conference title in her 25th season this spring. The Bengals will have to overcome the graduation of a number of state entrants like Alyssa Nebo (sprints, jumps), ShaRon Miller (throws) and Alex Williams (hurdles).

The 4×200 relay team of Nebo Elisha Lindsey, Kate Marciniak and Taylor Morgan placed second in the state meet to set a new school record. Lindsey, a senior, returns after setting the 400 meter run record last spring; freshman distance specialist Sarah Olson won the conference title in the 3,200 run; Sophomore Theresa Grace Mbonefo was an all-conference triple jumper; sophomore Ester Stoy provided depth in the sprints and Courtney Schnur and Nichole Peterson guided the pole vaulters. Schnur was sixth in the conference.

Anoka senior Miranda Phipps placed fifth in the state high jump meet in June clearing the bar at 5-foot-4.Photo by Jason Olson
Anoka senior Miranda Phipps placed fifth in the state high jump meet in June clearing the bar at 5-foot-4.Photo by Jason Olson

Coon Rapids
Junior Kalley Harris will look for a return to state after a seventh place finish in the 300 meter hurdles final and will be pushed as the top Cardinals sprinter by sophomore Brielle Clarke, who finished second in the conference 100 dash final in 12.65.

Clarke was an all-around top scorer for the Cardinals in the jumping events and on the track.

Top thrower Devin Vanseth, a senior, is back along with the top two pole vaulters in senior Alexa Hanneman and junior Allyssa Baron.
Senior runner Elise Weimholt will anchor the runners alongside sophomore Caitlyn Ackerman, junior Bryna DelCastillo, senior Juliet Fatunbi and junior Skye Juneau.

St. Francis
New co-head coaches Brittney Moffatt and Mark Hanson take over the program after Andy Forbort oversaw the Saints become one of the premier programs in recent memory. With the success, St. Francis can claim multiple NCAA Division I as proud graduates including Arizona State thrower Maddie Ewen and former Minnesota captain Adam Zutz.

Joining the new head coaches are specific coaches including Dave Holmquist (pole vault), Tom Houle (sprints coach), Danye Torson (throws/jumps coach) and Jake Maniak (volunteer distance coach).

The Saints had 13 students take part in the Class AAA state meet, including Amanda Anderson’s third place finish in discus.

The girls’ 4×100 relay team placed 13th in the state prelims and returns juniors Taylor Karasch, Emma Street and sophomore Hannah McCann. The 4×200 relay team placed 16th in the state prelims and return McCann, sophomore Hannah Solberg and Karasch.

The program continues to thrive with 104 students taking part this spring including many first-timers and seniors.

Andover sophomore Erin Becker ran a 16.61 in the state 100-meter dash prelims last June.Photo by Jason Olson
Andover sophomore Erin Becker ran a 16.61 in the state 100-meter dash prelims last June.Photo by Jason Olson

Legacy Christian/PACT Charter
A newly formed cooperative between Legacy and PACT should make for some exciting meets this spring and hopefully trips to Class A state meet in June.

Co-head coaches Todd Manske and Cheryl Fregeau will guide the team, along with 2013 Legacy graduate Jessica Ries, who will serve as the middle school coach and distance assistant coach. Distance coach Dennis Kuik returns for his fifth season.

Legacy moved four to the section meet at St. John’s last spring and three of them return of , including seniors Tori Cole (throws), Allison Strandlund (jumps) and Erin Fisher (sprints). Fisher missed state by one place in the 100 dash and will anchor more than one relay team.

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Coon Rapids junior Kalley Harris is coming off a seventh place finish in the 300 meter hurdles at state in 44.74 seconds.Photo by Bill Jones
Coon Rapids junior Kalley Harris is coming off a seventh place finish in the 300 meter hurdles at state in 44.74 seconds.Photo by Bill Jones