Cloquet girls sprint their way to a new school recordFreshman Kayla Baker, junior Maija Doran, seniors Emily Wangen and Emily Rikkola broke the Cloquet school record in the 4x200-meter relay in an outdoor meet at Chisago Lakes Tuesday.
By: Jeff Papas, Pine Journal
Freshman Kayla Baker, junior Maija Doran, seniors Emily Wangen and Emily Rikkola broke the Cloquet school record in the 4x200-meter relay in an outdoor meet at Chisago Lakes Tuesday.
The quartet’s time of 1:47.69 beat the old record of 1:48.3 set in 2008.
The record-setting run came at the Section 7AA True Team meet, which saw both the Cloquet boys and girls teams finish in the top half of their respective fields.
“These four girls show up each day ready to work,” girls sprinter coach Jeff Leno said. “Maija, Emily and Emily have been working together for three years and had setting a record as their goal for a few years. Adding a gifted runner like Kayla to the team helped. They run hard and they run with tenacity.”
The meet was just the third outdoor event of the spring for the track teams, which have also competed indoors twice.
“I told the girls that we weren’t going to put the record on the wall because they were going to re-break the record at the conference meet, break it again at Sections, and go to State and break it again,” Leno said.
The Lake Superior Conference meet will be held next Tuesday on the track at Bromberg Field in Cloquet, with Cloquet and Hermantown favored in the girls events. The Section 7AA preliminaries are scheduled for May 29 with finals on June 1 with both meets slated for UMD’s Malosky Stadium.