The Alexandria girls track and field team had another standout season this spring, and the Cardinals honored that by recognizing a lot of the athletes who made that possible.
McKenzie Duwenhoegger will throw at the University of Minnesota next season, and she wrapped up her Alexandria career by being named the Cardinals' most valuable field athlete. It was part of a huge list of honors for her as she finished all-state in the shot put (second place) and discus (third place) at the Class AA meet, while also earning academic all-state honors in the classroom.
Fellow senior Kaye Paschka saw similar accomplishments. She was all state in the 300 hurdles (second), triple jump (fourth) and 100-meter hurdles (fourth) on her way to being named Alexandria's most valuable sprinter/hurdler. Paschka was all-state academically, as well.
Senior Addison Rodel earned the team's Coaches' Award. Rodel was an All-Central Lakes Conference performer in the 400-meter dash and also part of the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams that finished All-CLC.
The final team award was shared by both Caitlin Bright and Aleah Miller as the two were honored as the most valuable distance runners. Bright was All-CLC in the 3,200-meter run, and Miller helped solidify the 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams that were All-CLC before the 4x800 group went on to earn all-state honors at the state meet.
Alexandria's season was filled with accomplishments. The Cardinals were fourth at true team state and the CLC Indoor and Outdoor champions ahead of winning the Section 8AA title. At the state meet in June, the Cardinals finished second in the final team point standings.
The athletes in the program were equally as impressive in the classroom. Joining Paschka and Duwenhoegger as all-state academic winners were Hailey Gill, Sydney Gray, Rodel, Bright, Bobbi Galvan, Summer Gerhardt, Mya Lesnar, Bethany Miller, Christina Palmer, Erika Roderick, Meg Shercliffe, Micah Summer, Alexis Cole, Anna Doherty, Myah Kremer, Whitly Netland, Emma Ecker, Hailie Kent and Aleah Miller.