Game On - Spring 2024

the state. “I think she is going to be her toughest critic always, but I think she has a better idea of what she can do,” Hurn said. “She doesn’t seem to let the pressure get to her, which is awesome, and I think she just wants to go out there and do the best she can at everything she can.” The same can be said for other team members. Andersen, just a sophomore, wasn’t far behind Feddersen in fifth in the 3A open 800. Bleich (400 hurdles), Stahr (1,500 meters) and Laurel Mizerak (400) were all individual state qualifiers in 2003 and six others — Ana Dantas, Keaton Hanson, Claire Grandgenett, Rebecca Schrader, Taylor Ban- ning, and Averie Bruner — have state-meet experience in either one or multiple relays.

Grandgenett, Schrader, and Mizerak joined Feddersen on the medal-winning 4x00. Sprints, middle distance, and distance — Hurn thinks her team has them all covered this spring. And if the Tigers can make strides in the field events, they could contend with the elite in the Raccoon River Con- ference. “On the track, we’re really solid,” she said. “Where we’re working on now is the ‘and field’ part. Last year, we knew we had really strong middle distance and distance girls, and this year it’s exciting to see where we’re at with sprinting.” The depth and versatility led to a runaway team champion- ship for the team at the initial outdoor meet — the Roland- Story Early Bird. It was the first of what Hurn hopes will be many team titles.


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Keira Andersen Taylor Banning Hannah Becker

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Jr. Chloe Berns-Schweingruber Sr. Sophia Bleich Jr. Grace Brosamle So. Averie Bruner Sr. Raylene Chen Fr. Evie Christenson So. Emee Dani Fr. Maggie Danilson So. Ana Dantas So. Abby Deal Jr. Kaitlyn Dear So. Elle Ellingson Sr. Sarah Feddersen Jr. Natasha Flower So. Jasmine Gehling Fr. Allie Grandgenett Fr. Claire Grandgenett Jr. Keaton Hanson So. Reese Henderson Sr. London Hibbing Fr. “We really want to be compet- itive at every meet we go to,” she said. “We want to lock down everything we think are going to be championship events and hone those. We also recognize there were some things we didn’t see last year until the end. The sooner we can get those things set, the quicker we can drop some times.” Hurn is also eager to see what her talented freshman class can do under the spot- light. Emee Dani, the girls’

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Memphis Iddings Sammy Johnson Claire Koenig Madelyn Korrect Lucy Kraehling Genevieve Lamm Gretchen Mizerak Laurel Mizerak Maddie Moore Sophia Overman

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Mollie Schnormeier Rebecca Schrader Clare Stahr Lydia Strudthoff Ellie Wahlman

cross country school record holder and state medalist this past fall in the 5K, is certainly at the front of that class. She ran a 2:24.83 open 800 to win gold at Roland-Story and has the capability to shine at 1,500 and 3,000 meters as well. There are also several rookies that could battle their way into the sprints, which only adds to the team’s depth. The overall conclusion? Ex- pect to see a large and strong contingent of Tigers running into the middle of May.

Claire Grandgenett was part of Gilbert’s state medal-winning 4x400 relay in 2023. She ran on two other state-qualifying relays as well.

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