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Cloquet track makes great strides on season

The Cloquet girls track team made great strides this year. The track season officially came to a close last weekend in St. Paul at Hamline University.

The Cloquet girls track team made great strides this year. The track season officially came to a close last weekend in St. Paul at Hamline University.

"It was fun to win the Lake Superior Conference this year on the girls side," explained coach Tim Prosen. "We've been working on chasing down Hermantown for a few years and it was good to finally get it."

The Cloquet girls sent four runners to the state meet this season. Jes Vork participated in the high jump, Taylor Sautbine ran in the 100 hurdles and those two were joined by Kait Proulx and Liz Litke to form a 4x200 relay team.

"We made a point to work on relays this year and we were lucky enough to send the 4x200 team to state," mentioned Prosen. "Each relay on both the boys and girls teams was much improved from the past and depth helped the girls win the conference and make the boys more competitive."

None of the Cloquet athletes qualified to move into the final rounds.

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While the girls have won the conference title the boys team is slowly starting to gain momentum and perhaps will achieve the same accomplishment in the near future.

"We are working on establishing the boys to be more and more competitive in the state," said Prosen. "We have not had any standout athletes that would be favorites to make the state meet in years, although as a team we have come a long way in establishing ourselves as more solid."

Expectations are running high for the girls program next year and Prosen also expects the boys team to make another jump.

"I expect the girls to compete for the conference title again and the boys to keep improving," explained Prosen. "We have a group of seniors coming back on the boys side who I expect to take a greater leadership role in helping us build a team that can also compete for the conference title."

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