Track and Field: Osakis' Kiley Kranz selects MSU-Moorhead

Kranz was one of the top throwers in Class A last spring and is excited about attending MSU-Moorhead starting next fall.

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Osakis senior Kiley Kranz smiles after signing her letter of intent to compete for the MSU-Moorhead track and field program after she graduates high school.
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Minnesota State University-Moorhead was the dream school for Osakis senior Kiley Kranz. Kranz will now be headed to the school after signing recently to be a thrower on the track and field team.

“I’m just so excited,” Kranz said. “This was the number one college I wanted to go to because they had a great education program. I really like the team and the energy there.”

Kranz said she wants to be a physical education teacher after college.

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Osakis senior (second from the left) takes a photo with her parents Cory (left), Missy (far right) and sister Addison (second from the right) after signing her national letter of intent to join the MSU-Moorhead track and field program beginning in the fall of 2023.
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Kranz said that the program got in touch with her before her junior year and that she’s been up to campus multiple times since her first visit this summer.

“We are really excited about Kiley throwing for MSU-M next year,” Osakis track and field coach Lee VanNyhuis said. “She'll enjoy the student-athlete experience up there.”


MSU-Moorhead, who is head coached by Ryan Milner while Kyle Long is the throws coach, competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and wrapped up the 2021-22 season with the women’s team placing seventh at the conference meet.

Since she was about 10 years old, it's been her dream to be a student-athlete in college.

Kranz said she’s been competing in field events since the seventh grade.

“I love being on a team but it's also nice to be an individual,” Kranz said. “You can be more personal with your competitors which is something that I really like. I’ve made so many friends at state and other meets.”

Kranz is coming off of a stellar junior year where she placed seventh in the discus throw and fourth in the shot put at the Class A state meet . At the state meet, Kranz set a personal record in the shot put (39’3.25) and her personal record in the discus throw (117’11.5) was set at the Section 6A True Team meet on May 10.

“Kiley will be coming into the next season as one of the top throwers in the state,” VanNyhuis said. “If she continues to make the same type of progress she has in the past few seasons, It will be exciting to see what she can do.”

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Osakis track and field head coach Lee VanNyhuis (left) and Kiley Kranz (right) smile after Kranz signs her national letter of intent to compete for the MSU-Moorhead track and field program beginning in the fall of 2023.
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Kranz did a lot of winning in 2022 as she won the shot put in six of the eight meets she threw in, including the Prairie Conference, sub-section and Section 6A meet, and she won the discus throw in five meets, including the conference and sub-section meet.

She’s a two-time Section 6A shot put champion and has finished runner-up in the discus throw twice.


“Kiley has been a part of a really good throwing group here,” VanNyhuis said. “She has had some exceptional mentors and coaches. She has a positive attitude towards all kinds of things, especially the daily grind of training. From a young age, she embraced the culture. She works hard every day. Whether it's in the weight room or getting reps throwing in the ring, she's always giving great focused effort.”

Kranz credits her success to those around her.

“My support system is so great,” Kranz said “All my coaches have been wonderful throughout the years and they've just helped me push to be the best athlete I can be. Like if I get nervous, they always knew how to calm me down and they're just always supportive of me.”

Kranz is a multi-sport athlete for Osakis. She just got done with the volleyball season and is excited about the beginning of the basketball season.

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Osakis junior Kiley Kranz gets ready to throw a shot put attempt at the MSHSL Class A State Track and Field Meet on June 10, 2022. Kranz earned a fourth place finish in the event because of a personal record throw. She also placed seventh in the discus. Kranz has signed her national letter of intent to throw for MSU-Moorhead.
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“I'm so excited for this basketball season,” she said. “I feel like we're going to do so well. Everyone on the team gets along and we just have that great connection where we're just I feel like we're going to do really good this season. And this upcoming spring season, I'm super excited as well. I just want to have so much fun these next seasons and just do the best I can do.”

Kranz’s goal in her final season is to be a leader for the Silverstreaks.

“I want to be a good leader for my teammates and as a senior, I want to show good leadership,” she said. “I just want to be the best teammate that I can be and have fun.”

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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