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COVID-19 strips away my last track and field season

COVID-19 strips away my last track and field season
Don’t take your passions for granted
May 18, 2020

As soon as Gov. Tim Walz decided to temporarily close all schools March 18, I knew my senior year track season was not going to be normal.  After running track and field at the high school since the...

Anna Keith honored with Athena Award

Senior Anna Keith competes in the five-kilometer race at the Roy Griak Invitational Sep 28. The Athena Award honors outstanding female high school senior student athletes.
Senior receives recognition for athletic career
May 18, 2020

Every year, an outstanding female high school student athlete is awarded the Athena Award, and when senior Anna Keith found out she had won the award, she said she was excited. “Honestly, I was surprised....

Athletic passions continue despite COVID-19 pandemic

Sophomore Henry Nelson runs in the Metro West conference championships. Nelson finished the 5 kilometer race with a time of 19:16.
Track and field cancelations affect running routine
April 8, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus spread throughout the world, I was immediately concerned about my track and field season and if it was still going to take place. Throughout the school year, I had been looking...

End of track and field season quiz

Senior Daisy Widboom works on her long jump technique during practice May 7. Long jumpers are only able to practice a few jumps a day because of the stress it puts on their muscles and joints according to Widboom.
Test your knowledge
June 4, 2019

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Spring sports’ tryout schedules

Senior Halle Weinmann carries the ball up the field during a game against Chaska May 8, 2018. Girls' lacrosse tryouts for the 2019 season begin April 8.
Park gears up for final sports’ season of the year
March 4, 2019

The 2019 season for spring sports is quickly approaching. According to, the registration cost for all spring sports is $160. Registration forms are available in the athletic office or online...

Girls’ track breaks school record by two seconds

Sophomore Hilda Habia and Jamillah Berry hurdles during the April 26 track meet. The Section track meet was held May 29 and 31 at Orono High School.
4x2 team surpasses goals at Conference
July 1, 2018

At the Metro West Conference meet, junior Nyah Johnson, eighth grader Freya Wade, sophomore Sidney Hayenga and junior Anna Jennissen, the members of Park’s girls’ 4x200 team, defeated the school record...

Boys’ track wins Metro West

Senior captain Karon Adams runs down the home stretch of his relay. The boys 4x100 relay is .03 seconds from breaking the school record.
Team earns first conference championship since 1971
May 27, 2018

According to senior Abati Dedefo, it had been 47 years since the boys' track team won its conference. Abati said that fact brought on a lot of excitement when the teams hard work finally paid off. “I...

Senior commits to run collegiate track

Senior Abati Dedefo attends track practice April 23. Dedefo will be attending the University of Sioux Falls next year running collegiate track.
Abati Dedefo to attend University of Sioux Falls
April 30, 2018

Senior Abati Dedefo said while being a multi-sport athlete as a track runner and soccer player, he chose to continue running track at the collegiate level because he believes it offers him the most potential....

Senior to run at Ohio Wesleyan University

Senior girls' track captain Anna duSaire and sophomore Anna Keith jump over hurdles April 13. Athletes warm up during practice.
Captain Anna duSaire takes track to next stage
April 20, 2018

Senior girls’ track and field captain Anna duSaire said she made the decision to attend Ohio Wesleyan University where she will also be running track. duSaire said the small-school dynamics of Wesleyan’s...

Meet the Athlete: Alex Peterson

Meet the Athlete: Alex Peterson
April 12, 2018

How long have you been running track? I ran all through middle school and then the winter of freshman year, school of freshman year and winter of sophomore year. In the winter it was with a different...

Senior Spotlight: Mike Donahue

Senior Mike Donahue practices his shot-put throw at practice May 11. Donahue has competed as a thrower since his freshman year.
May 15, 2017

When did you start throwing? I started throwing freshman year. What do you enjoy about track? I enjoy how laid back it is. There is still a lot of hard work and intensity involved, but it is just...

Track team excels against elite opposition

Senior captain Owen Geier contorts his body to clear the high jump at the meet on Tuesday, April 18. Geier finished first in high jump along with the 110 meter hurdles. St. Louis Park came in third place in the meet with 82 points.
Invitationals prepare athletes for championship meets
April 21, 2017

After taking third place at a home invitational, head coach Richard Keith said the track team benefitted from a higher level of competition. “By competing against teams such as Edina and Wayzata,...

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