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COVID-19 strips away my last track and field season

COVID-19 strips away my last track and field season

Carissa Prestholdt

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 eighth grade, there was a possibility of my last season being cancelled. For a while, I still had...

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.

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

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. I thought personally I wouldn't be the one winning. I thought it would be other girls winnin...

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.

Henry Nelson

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 forward to this year’s season. I had previously joined the Nordic skiing team, in order to prepare an...

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.

Hayley Westwood

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.

Emma Leff

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 at Here is a list of the starting dates and tryout dates for every spring sport at Park....

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.

Yonit Krebs and Breanna Thompson

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 for the 4x200 relay by two seconds. “Right after I finished I was looking around, and I loo...

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.

Alec Pittman and Jacob Stillman

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 was excited because it was the first time we won a conference in like 47 years which is good,” ...

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.

Nicole Sanford

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. “To be honest, I grew up playing soccer, and soccer is fun, (but) then I just decided...

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.

Yonit Krebs

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 track program made it very appealing to her. “It's a small school and so a relativel...

Meet the Athlete: Alex Peterson

Meet the Athlete: Alex Peterson

Jacob Stillman

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 organization, and then I just got back into it this spring. What do you like the most about track? I l...

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.

William Phelan

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 less pressure. How has track impacted you as a person? Track has made me a stickler about the li...

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.

William Phelan and Jacob Stillman

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, the boys got a taste of what it will be like to run at Sections and State,” Richard Keith said. ...

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