Alex girls' track preview: Cards ready to build off strong 2013
After sending five athletes to the state meet and winning a section championship last season, the Alexandria girls’ track and field team hopes to accomplish more of the same in 2014.
Wensia Johnson led the Cardinals at the state tournament by taking second place in both the 100-meter dash and the long jump. The Alexandria 4x100 meter relay team also made the podium with an eighth place finish.
Other athletes who competed at the state meet last season were graduated seniors Briquelle Bowden and Gabby Koel, senior Mady Urman and sophomore Megan Hasz.
The Cardinals finished in fourth place in the Central Lakes Conference along with taking the Section 8AA title. The team already competed in an indoor meet this season and the girls finished in first-place at St. Cloud State University.
“After seeing how the team performed at the Indoor CLC Championships, I am hopeful that we have a promising season ahead of us,” head coach Meghan Orgeman-Crumb said. “This year we not only have the returning powerhouses of Bethany Hasz, Megan Hasz, Mady Urman, Wensia Johnson and Karly Betterman, we also have many athletes who have the potential to bring in conference and section points come season end.”
But the Cardinals will also need to fill a hole left by its five senior letter winners from last year. Of those seniors, many are competing in sports at the collegiate level. Bowden is competing in the heptathlon at the University of South Dakota, Gabby Koel is competing in the heptathlon at Hamline University, Becca Illies is a hurdler at Concordia College in Moorhead and Shanee Herd is a volleyball player at St. Kate’s University.
Orgeman-Crumb said she expects seniors Tayler Kaufman and Julia Sieling to both have improved seasons for the Cardinals after they placed high at the indoor conference meet. Freshman Kiyana Miller, who took second in the 1600-meter run at the conference meet, should also score some points for the Cardinals this season.
Members of the incoming freshman class should have an impact for Alexandria as well this season. Miller, Kelby Olson-Rodel and Kara Thomson have posted some impressive results early.
“This year’s freshmen class has brought a lot of talented young athletes,” Orgeman-Crumb said. “They have shown a tremendous work ethic, positive attitude and have given our team more depth.”
Orgeman-Crumb expects the top teams in the conference to include Brainerd, Willmar, Sartell, Tech and Rocori, and the top section teams to keep an eye on include Bemidji, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Willmar and Sartell.
2014 TRACK AND FIELD ROSTER
SENIORS – Karly Betterman, Taylor Bollman, Klarissa Eisenbraun, Sam Frederick, Lauren Hagstrom, Taylor Kaufman, Jaylen Olson-Rodel, Julia Sieling, Mady Urman, Gabby Yell
JUNIORS – Cheyenne Hendrickson, Leah Huss, Emily Klinkner, Diana Kreicberga, Becca Mateer, HollieAnn Schnitzler, Hannah Wendel, Ashely Wussow
SOPHOMORES – Kalley Blade, Tahlia Bowden, Laura Dahlquist, Katie Desautels, Megan Hasz, Bethany Hasz, Ellie Hurlen, Wensia Johnson, Madisyn Klimek, Morgan Melrose, Whitney Olson, Kristin Shell, Liz Thorson, Sara Wegner
FRESHMEN – Elise Anderson, Moriah Bartolomeo, Kaitlyn Dyrstad, Kayla Feldhake, Sarah Frederick, Madisson Gay, Hattie Gompf, Alayna Gray, Britt Hurlen, Anna Jenson, Camille Johnson, Sydney Jordahl, Kendall Kohler, Emily Larson, Kiyana Miller, JeAnna Miller, Siera Nelson, Kelby Olson-Rodel, Abby Pohlen, Megan Shulstad, Maggie Slagle, McKena Thoennes, Kara Thomson, Syri Williams
COACHES – HEAD COACH – Meghan Orgeman-Crumb; ASSISTANT COACHES – Mark Nelson (distance), Travis Hochhalter (hurdles and mid-distance, Jerry Amundson (pole vault) and Ty Granning (throws)