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A-B-E track preview: Ready to compete in Pheasant Conference

Caroline Jansen jumps during the Class A state meet at Hamline University last spring. Jansen returns as a senior for the A-B-E track and field team this season with high expectations in the jumps and hurdles. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville track and field teams have a few shoes to fill but believe both the boys and the girls can compete near the top of the Pheasant Conference this season with a good mix of returning and young talent.

Caroline Jansen returns as a senior captain on the girls’ side after participating in the state meet in the long and triple jump in each of the past two seasons. Jansen has aspirations of making state in both jumps again this year, as well as the hurdles. She is joined by junior sprinter Becca Hansen as a captain for A-B-E.

The girls will have to make up for the loss of Megan Friedrich in the hurdles and sprints. She was a two-time state entrant in the 100-meter hurdles, but A-B-E has some returning athletes who hope to step into more of a prominent role this season.

“Hansen in the sprints, juniors Haley Krupke and Emma LaRue in the distance races, middle distance/sprinter Mariah Hansen and hurdler/thrower Diane Campbell are all strong leaders and hard workers that will help guide the team,” ninth-year head coach Jennifer Froemming said.

The girls also return a strong core of sophomores, freshmen and 8th graders who will continue to grow in the program.

“The girls’ team gained several young faces this year in both the junior and senior high,” Froemming said. “We are excited to welcome the new faces and help them find the vents best suited for them. The women’s team has some strong girls returning to the squad, both athletically and in work ethic. They look to be contenders in the Pheasant Conference, as well as sending several athletes to the section and state meets.”

The A-B-E boys have to replace graduated seniors like John Haseman, Patrick Schaffer, David Lysford, Caleb Hansen and Justin Hoffman who helped the boys to a conference win last season and a third-place finish at the 6A True Team meet.

This team has several current seniors who hope to lead the way. Jumper Greg Baker, sprinter Toby Wach, hurdler and distance runner Levi Moreno and distance runner Tyson Thorstad all return with experience. Juniors Zack Weaver (sprinter), hurdler Dakota Fossan and middle distance runner Gavin Saxton also add depth in the top two classes.

“Many of the boys have been with the rack team since they were in junior high,” Froemming said. “They are hardworking, determined and flexible. The boys understand that we need athletes and depth in all events and are willing to step up and fill the voids when needed. Because of this, we expect them to be top contenders in the Pheasant Conference and place among the top teams once again at the True Team meet. Also hope to have many faces return or make first-time appearances at the section meet.”

Froemming sees Ortonville and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley as the other contenders in the Pheasant Conference. The Osakis girls and Morris boys are the teams to overcome in the subsection fields.



GIRLS TEAM – SENIORS – Caroline Jansen, Kaitlyn Lystrom

JUNIORS – Emma LaRue, Haley Krupke, Becca Hansen, Diane Campbell, Mariah Hansen

SOPHOMORES – Aliza Johnson, Elizabeth Vinson

FRESHMEN – Brett Peterson, Madison Krupke, Jada Hanson, Aiva Slack, Elizabeth Bredberg, Kylee Hanson

EIGHTH GRADE – Bethany Wach, Jacey Schlosser, Abbi Evavold, Amber Smith, Caity Weaver, Katie Baker

SEVENTH GRADE – Marissa Lystrom, Alexis Nelson, Holly Henneman, Taylor Peterson, Aanika Anderson, Emily Carlson, Emma Nelson

BOYS TEAM – SENIORS – Levi Moreno, Greg Dickey, Toby Wach, Greg Baker, Tyson Thorstad

JUNIORS – Dakota Fossan, Nic Johnson, Gavin Saxton, Zack Weaver

SOPHOMORES – Sid Kamrath, Evan Anderson, Kyle Fick, Collin Carlson, Evan Slack, Devin Wibstad

FRESHMEN – Alex Decker, Chase Kamrath, McKenon Plaster

EIGHTH GRADE – Jake Rasmussen, James Strese

COACHES – Head coach – Jennifer Froemming – ninth season; Assistant coaches – Sam Lange, Shellee Hansen; Volunteer assistant – Ken Froemming; Student managers – Autym Blowers, Maria Ricks

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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