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Tigers cap off successful season at state track & field meet

Eleven Tigers earned All-West Central Conference honors in girls' track and field. They are (front row, left to right) Beth Holland, Adrianela Mendez, Julia Sauder, Hunter Mundal, Anna Grove, (back row) Sydney Engebretson, Katie Holzheimer, MaKenzie Smith, Kourtney Giese, Rachel Rausch, and Savannah Aanerud. All-conference honors are awarded to athletes placing first or second at the conference meet, while third place earns an honorable mention.

The Morris Area/ Chokio-Alberta girls' track and field team finished a successful season with entrants in six events at the Minnesota State Meet. The Tigers brought home ribbons in three of those events.

"It was a very exciting season," said coach Mark Ekren.

The Tigers set a new record in the 4X100 relay of 51.24.

The team of Adrianela Mendez, Beth Holland, Katie Holzheimer, and Sydney Engebretson broke the Tigers' 35-year-old record.

The Tigers took second place at the True Team meet, followed by first at the sub-section level.

The Tigers tied for first at the Section 6A meet in Moorhead. It was the team's first Section title since 1988.

"Winning the section meet was a huge surprise," said Ekren.

The team's success should continue next season, as the Tigers only lose one member to graduation.

Julia Sauder completed her run as a Tiger trackster.

"What a great year she had," said Ekren. "What five great years.

"She was a good leader, who took young kids under her wing," added Ekren. "She did whatever the team needed her to do.

"She worked hard in practice and led by example."

Many of the underclassmen gained experience and excelled on the track and field this season.

"We also have some talented seventh graders," said Ekren. "They will give us some added fire power.

"We're hoping to set a couple new records next year," Ekren concluded.