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BHS spring previews: Girls track and field: State veterans will lead Lumberjacks

Almost 50 girls are involved with the Bemidji girls track program this spring. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji girls track and field team is very young if you concentrate on the academic years in school. But the Lumberjacks also are very experienced and the knowledge of how to train and how to compete should carry BHS to another successful spring.

The lone senior on the roster is Claire Laakso who spent the early portion of the season working on the sprints, middle distance and hurdle events.

The junior class is well represented and headlining the group is Jenna Truedson who capped the 2013 campaign with a state championship in the mile and a third-place finish in the 3200.

Truedson’s performance in the mile was nothing less than spectacular as she had to make up time lost when she was forced to avoid a falling runner immediately in front of her.

“Last year (in 2012) I ran 4:58 in the mile and finished fourth but this year I won with 4:59,” Truedson said after last spring’s championship performance. “After placing third in the two-mile (on the first day of the state meet) I felt that I could win the mile but I didn’t think it would happen.”

Throughout the race Truedson stayed with the lead pack but throughout her career Truedson has worked on her kick and the ability to overtake runners at the end carried her to the title.

Also back is junior Maea Wall who was eighth in the 400 at last year’s state meet (58.32) and anchored the 4x400 relay team which was ninth at state (4:06.37).

Truedson also was a member of the relay team while Amy Carey and Megan Serratore (both juniors this season) ran the first two legs.

“The potential is there for our distance runners,” said Ryan Aylesworth who coaches Bemidji’s boys and girls distance athletes. “If we progress as we should I think we have the potential to send Jenna and some other girls to state.”

Wall returned to the relay teams during the early indoor meets this season and also competed in the jumps and middle distance events.

Carey tested herself in the hurdles and the sprints while Serratore worked the middle distances.

New to the team but not new to the state meet is sophomore Sarah Hamrin. A year ago Hamrin made her state-meet debut in the 3200 for TrekNorth and finished 15th in the Class A meet with a time of 12:16.86.

“Bemidji has developed a strong tradition of talented distance runners,” Aylesworth said. “I’m proud of the work the distance runners have done. It’s been a fun year so far. The girls are getting used to our system and as long as they continue to work hard the potential for success is there.”

This spring’s early-season junior class also includes Alexa Greendahl (jumps, middle distance), Amayah Littlewolf (throws), Amber Smith (distance), Kaylynne Lyons (sprints), Lauren Griggs (distance), Maura Chadwick (jumps) and Nicole Henderickson (hurdles).

Joining Hamrin as sophomores are Adriane Rickert (jumps, sprints), Atomic Thorson (distance), Brylee Colligan, Emily Falldorf (sprints, jumps), Jordan Mills (sprints, jumps), Kaitlyn Reynolds (sprints), MacKenzie Ritchie (sprints), Madison Maki (hurdles, jumps), Mattie Osborn (pole vault), Morgan Sagedahl (distance), Sadie Defatte (throws), Sarah Schultz (jumps, sprints) and Sheila LaRue (jumps, sprints).

Among the freshmen are Abby Medland (jumps), Amy Yang (sprints), Anna Gislason (distance), Arie Gislason (distance), Aubrianna Wittwer (sprints), Elizabeth Thompson (jumps, sprints), Hannah Willford (jumps, distance), Kate Langerak (sprints, jumps), Katelyn Annett (throws), Kayla Kohler-Wilson (sprints), McKenna Shanfeld (sprints, jumps), Megan Cory (jumps), Morgan Shanfeld (jumps, sprints), Samantha Nagle (distance), Sierra Freyholtz (distance) and Siri Bardwell (jumps).

The team also includes eighth grader Sadie Hamrin (distance).

The schedule

Girls Track

Coach: Chris Lehman

3/22 Lions Inv (BSU)

3/25 Paul Bunyan Inv. (BSU)

4/1 Little Amik (BSU)

4/8 BSU Invitational 1 p.m.

4/11 at Moorhead Inv. 2 p.m.

4/17 BSU Relays (at BHS) 1 p.m.

4/22 at Thief River Falls Inv. 3 p.m.

4/25 at Hamline Elite 4 p.m.

5/1 at Detroit Lakes Inv. 3 p.m.

5/8 True Team (at Buffalo) 2 p.m.

5/19 BHS Invitational 3 p.m.

5/28 8-2A prelims (at Rocori) 3 p.m.

5/30 8-2A finals (at TRF) 9:30 a.m.

6/6 State meet (at Hamline) TBD

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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