Maple Grove track and field coach Michael Herdan can’t remember the last time his squads are loaded with veteran athletes as the ones he welcomes back this spring.
The Crimson are loaded with veterans, including some with state experience.
“Our strength is we have many returners,” said Herdan, who is in his second year as the Crimson head coach. “We have a veteran squad for first time in a while.”
The girls’ team especially returns some top athletes. Senior Madison Ordner took third place in the state meet in the high jump with a school record leap of 5 feet 5 inches last year. She will be attending University of Minnesota. Also returning are members of the 4×100 relay team that went to stat last season. The foursome are seniors Haley Nelson and Marissa Lister, junior Rachel Salem and sophomore Zenitra Lee.
The boys’ team does not have any returning state performers but has number and many strong athletes. Senior pole vaulter Austin Weigel was a section finalist last season and senior Jake Weineke, who will be going to South Dakota State University on a football scholarship, will be a force in the 100 and 200 sprints.
The biggest challenge Herdan faced this spring was the bad weather. The Crimson have been confined to practicing in the school.
“We practice on the first floor hallways at the high school,” Herdan said. “It’s quite the sight with 280 athletes.”
Warm weathers have finally arrived and the Crimson are scheduled to compete outdoor this week.