Tiger girls see success on the track
Despite having seven meets cancelled due to weather related issues, the Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta girls track and field program ended the season at the Section 6A meet at Minnesota State University Moorhead where 18 girls participated.
Overall the girls track and field team had a very successful season, taking first at the Sisseton, S.D. meet, fifth at True Team, second in the West Central Conference, and tied for first in the subsection.
“We had a very fun, very successful season,” Head coach Mark Ekren said. “The girls improved a ton as the season went on… We got our third consecutive subsection title, made a lot of time drops especially in our relays. Our 4x8 cut 21 seconds from conference meet to subsection meet, 4x4 cut 10 seconds, and I know 4x2 and 4x1 both cut time off, too.”
The Tigers graduated six seniors with the Class of 2014: Paige Schieler, Rebekah Aanerud, Kaitlin Vogel, and all-conference performers Beth Holland, Adrianela Mendez, and Abby Travis. Coach Ekren is very appreciative of the way these six girls stepped up this season and continued to come out for track, working hard everyday to get better.
“I really want to thank these six for their hard work, dedication, and leadership this season,” Ekren said. “The season went really smooth this year because of these six girls taking over the leadership role in practice and doing a wonderful job with our younger athletes and hopefully our younger athletes will grow when they get to be seniors and do the same thing that these six have done.”
MA/C-A Awards were given out at the Spring Sports Banquet to the most valuable performers in distance, sprints, and field events along with the Tiger Award. Freshman Savannah Aanerud took home the hardware for the most valuable distance runner, Holland received the Most Valuable Sprinter, Travis received Most Valuable in Field Events, and Mendez received the Tiger Award.
The girls are sure to be a dominant force in the subsection and conference, again, in the coming season coach Ekren said with confidence. Some returning varsity tracksters to watch out for next season include All-conference performers Noel Schieler, Anna Grove, Correy Hickman, Kate Folkman, Kourtney Giese, Cassidy Fehr, Katie Cannon, and Midori Soderberg. Most Valuable Distance runner this season, freshman Savannah Aanerud, and a slew of other runners, throwers, and jumpers are all eager to improve on this years stats.