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Chris Murphy and Tom Mix / The Forum, Published May 01 2013

Metro high school girls track and field preview

Fargo Davies

Coach: Missy Wilson (3rd year)

Last year’s finish: EDC champions, 8th at Class A state meet

Who’s gone: Tarin Lachowitzer, Kelsey Zastoupil, Sydney Bork, Vera Gaylah, Jasmine Moffett, Kelsey Gilbraith, Kia Miller

Who’s back: Anna Almquist So.; Claire Bauske, Jr.; Camille Beaton, Jr.; Hannah Brooks, Jr.; Katie Bye, Fr.; Katelyn Carlson, 8th grade; Mary Conlin, Jr.; Allison Cwikla, Jr.; Anna Danielson, So.; Kayla Demarais, So.; Lexi Fry, So.; Alayna Haugen, So.; Tori Ihry, Fr.; Sarah Irmen, Jr.; Payton Mark, So.; Sarah Mayour, So.; Anna Montgomery, Sr.; Shawna Pantzke, Fr.; Claire Riley, Jr.; Halle Rygg, Jr.; Maria Slette, So.; Mariah Thoemke, So.; McKenna Vetter, Fr.; Linnea Wagner, So.; Ellen Weiler, Jr.

Coach’s comments: “We are eager to compete this year and see where we stand. We have some big shoes to fill from last year, but the girls are working hard to fill the spots we lost to graduation.”

Fargo South

Coach: Mike Merritt (21st year)

Last year’s finish: 7th at Class A state meet

Who’s gone: Emily Bitz, Aloysia Pfeiffer

Who’s back: Kara Schott, Sr.; Lindsey Klug, Sr. (100-meter hurdles state champion); Madeline Strandemo, Sr.; Bria Taber, Sr.; Carolyn Pifer, Jr.; Emma Schalow, Jr.; Katie Bostrom, Jr.; Maddie Erickson, Fr.

Coach’s comments: “We have good balance of veteran and younger athletes on the team this spring. A number of the athletes return that have experience competing at the state meet, but our lack of depth could be an issue, especially at the conference meet. Our strength lies in our sprinting, hurdling, jumping and distance events.”

Fargo North

Coach: Aaron Walker (3rd year)

Last year’s finish: 6th at Class A state meet

Who’s gone: None

Who’s back: Kira Larson, Sr. (defending high jump state champion, 400-, 800-, and 1600-meter relay state champion); Regina Nyanfor, Sr. (400-, 800-, and 1600-meter relay state champion); Sophie Simonson, Sr. (800 and 1600-meter relay state champion); Shaina Pfau, Jr. (400-, 800-, and 1600-meter relay state champion); Toni Rodriguez, Jr., (400-meter relay state champion); Liza Thomson, Sr.; Jackie Harmon, So., Sydney Pladson, Jr.; Alicia Swenson, Jr., Samantha Swenson, Jr.

Coach’s comments: “Our strength this year is in the experience, talent and competiveness that is returning in our relay teams. We don’t have a lot of depth on the team, but our goal is always to qualify as many girls as we can for the state meet at the end of the season.”

Fargo Shanley

Coach: Barry Anderson (19th year)

Last year’s finish: 9th at Class A state meet

Who’s gone: Sarah Jacobson

Who’s back: Afure Adah, So.; Julia Johnson, So.; Hayley Brenner, Sr.; Ellen Erie, Fr.; Alex Backlund, Jr.; Alex Day, Sr.; Jess Vig, Fr.; Jessica Anderson, Sr.; Andrea Vetter, Fr.; Paris Ekman, Sr.; Gabby Reis, Fr.; Julia Jordan, Jr.

Coach’s comments: “We should be in the top three in the conference this year. A lot of the girls have been stepping up in practice and have trained well in the offseason. We obviously lose quite a bit of points from last year, but we are going to be a talented team.”

West Fargo

Coach: Darin McKinnon (17th year)

Last year’s finish: 4th at Class A state meet

Who’s gone: Alissa Mears (800 meters and 3200-meter relay state champion), Samantha Gooding

Who’s back: Brooke Grooters, Sr. (3200-meter relay state champion); Christine Baltezore, Sr. (3200-meter relay state champion); Christina Bruenjes, Sr. (Triple jump state champion); Keana Karnopp, Sr.; Jessica Rosenau, Sr.; Kaley Stotz, Sr.; Amanda Levin, Jr.; Bryce Langerud, So.; Kennedi Sand, Fr.; Keely Walker, Fr.

Coach’s comments: “We have more depth in our field events than we have had in past years. On the track we have strong senior leadership that will help with a young, inexperienced team. The EDC this season will be crowded at the top with very good teams and a lot of talent.”

Fargo Oak Grove

Coach: Michael Dunn (1st year)

Last year’s finish: Did not score at Class B state meet.

Who’s gone: None

Who’s back: Brittany Dixon, Fr.; Mariah Kienenberger, So.; Rikka Bergstrom, Fr.; Alexa Carlson, Sr.; Adrienne Freiji, Sr.; Alyssa Ingerson, Sr.; Taylor Welder, Jr.; Samantha Kounovsky, Jr.; Kiana Korgel, Jr.; Symone Jacobs, Jr.; McKenzy Diehl, Jr.

Coach’s comments: “The team has been working hard and we hope to build our program up with a good showing this spring.”


Coach: Justin Gall (13th season)

Last season: 3,200 relay team of Taylor Janssen, Mackenzie Kelly, Mallori Johnson and Avery Selberg qualified for state. Took first at True Team section meet and qualified for True Team state meet.

Who’s gone: Katie Rosenseldt (100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay, triple jump), Mackenzie Randklev (distance runner), Alita Tayler (800), Morgan Nyquist (sprinter)

Who’s back: Taylor Janssen (distance runner), Sr.; Kristin Drechsel (shot put, discus), Sr.; Brooke Borgen (pole vault), Sr.; Jae Borgen (1,600, 200, 800), Sr.

Coach’s comments: “We’re in the same kind of boat as everyone else with the weather. We are just trying to get to a meet and have some fun and get some competitiveness. We have the same ability as last year, so we can win our True Team section meet and go on to the state meet. Individual wise, we have that same 4x8 team coming back, so we want to see them go back to state.”

Moorhead Park Christian

Coach: Megan Endreson (5th season)

Who’s gone: No graduates

Who’s back: Courtney Nepstad, Jr., competes in the 100-meter, 200 (seventh at state last season), 400 (sixth at state last season), 3,200 relay and the long jump; Anica Sawchuk (3,200 relay, 1,600, 3,200), So.; Sydney Larson (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, sprint relays), So.

Coach’s comments: “We are seeing a lot of growth for the girls team this year and are excited to see what they can accomplish. There are many returning athletes that we expect to do well again this season and we have been pleasantly surprised by the new girls that have joined us. The girls are working hard and are realizing their individual and team potential. We are very encouraged by the results we have seen at the indoor meets and are anticipating higher numbers of girl participants at the section meet and potentially the state meet.”


Coach: Patrick Rieder (8th season)

Last season: Finished first in seven of 11 meets, won the Class 1A, Section 6 true team meet and the Subsection 30 and Class 1A, Section 8 meet

Who’s gone: Jasmine Nelson (sprinter, anchored the 400 meter relay team that qualified for state); Emily Frink (high jump); Jade Tigue (currently holds the school record in the 300 hurdles); Bethany McLaughlin (shot put)

Who’s back: Mandy Mercil (pole vault, shot put and relays), Sr.; Katie Highness (400, 1,600 relay, triple jump and discus), Sr.; Madi Geiser (100, 200, sprint relays, long jump), Sr.; Sierra Senske (discus, shot put), Sr.; Kylie Hamernik (distance runner), Jr.; Marissa Blair (distance runner), Jr.; Meghan Breid (distance runner), So.; Shaylee Gifford (distance runner), eighth-grader; Annie Rieder (400, 1,600 relay, triple jump), So.; Amy Bentow (triple jump, long jump, 100 hurdles), Jr.; Frannie Mercil (long jump, pole vault, sprint relays), Fr.

Coach’s comments: “Our team goal this year is to return to the state true team meet in Stillwater. We strive to compete as a team, however, we do have a some girls that will be athletic enough to qualify for the state individual meet.”