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Kerry Collins, Published June 05 2009

Minnesota state track: Yellowjackets junior a favorite in discus

Elisa Moenkedick doesn’t like to lose. Good thing that’s a situation she doesn’t have to worry about very often.

The junior from Perham is hoping that trend continues as she heads to the state track meet in St. Paul with the top mark in the discus at 133 feet, 6 inches.

“I think I’m too competitive to be satisfied with anything that I’ve done,” Moenkedick said. “I am always hoping to be a little bit farther and hoping to improve a little bit more.”

Moenkedick has won just about every meet she’s competed in this year – she was second at the Hamline Elite Meet, however.

That competitive fire has emerged from growing up with a competitive group of siblings.

Coming from an athletic family, Moenkedick’s foes at the state meet shouldn’t be very intimidating.

Both of her brothers, Kenny and Phil, were accomplished wrestlers. Her younger sister, Katrina, is a freshman and teammate of Elisa’s on the volleyball and basketball teams.

“They’re competitive in everything they do, whether it’s the dad, the brothers or the sisters,” said Eryn Moser, who coaches the Perham throwers. “ It’s everything – like getting the cows milked the fastest, I don’t know.”

Moenkedick is also coming off successful volleyball and basketball seasons, and her competitive nature is coupled with athleticism and a frame that is well-suited for the discus.

Moser said that Moenkedick was able to work a little in the offseason with former Olympian and Concordia grad Kris Kuehl.

“She was able to pull up a little something more, and I think that really catapulted Elisa into this season,” said Moser, who was Kuehl’s college roommate.

Moenkedick has a pretty good practice partner, too. Senior Heather Schultz has the top mark going into the state meet in the shot put (39-10).

“I think both of them have a great shot this year, and I think they both help each other,” said Mike Peterson, Perham’s head girls track coach. “They both get things done the way they’re supposed to, and they’ve put in a lot of time and a lot of effort for this.”

This is the third state track meet for Moenkedick, and she was third in the discus last year.

Her goal is to be standing at the top of the awards stand when this year’s medals are handed out in the discus

“It’s hard to say because you don’t see each other compete all year and you don’t know what to expect,” Moenkedick said. “I know what to expect down there now.

“I think I can still throw farther, and I hope to do that down there.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548.

Collins’ blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com