Up North: It's Been a Record Breaking Season for the Cloquet Girls

Chelsie Brown
Updated: May 03, 2019 07:21 PM

The weather is never kind to spring sports in the northland, but that hasn't stopped the cloquet track and field from putting in the work to make sure they have another record breaking season. chelsie brown has the story in this week's up north.

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"It's fun to watch our kids walk in, begin the season, and say 'I want to break these records,'" said Cloquet track and field head coach Tim Prosen.

Track and field has been love at first stride for Cloquet senior Kendra Kelley. From the moment she stepped onto the Lumberjacks' track she's had success with her speed.

"I have one, two, three, four, five school records," Kelley said counting with her fingers.

The North Dakota State commit and defending state champion in the 200 meter sprint, holds records with Cloquet in the 200, the 100, 400, 4x400 relay and in long jump.

"One of my favorite records that we were able to break was the 4x400. It was super exciting doing that as a team. It's just constantly trying to improve yourself," said Kelley.

 "Usually when they taste that PR (personal record) and they experience that performance, it serves a motivator," said Cloquet sprint coach Dan Jago. "Even when they come back they realize what they could do."

Kelley has even broken some of her own records during her Cloquet career, which is something freshman Olivia Jameson can relate to.

"I broke the triple jump record on a Tuesday of a week and then that Thursday, two days after, I broke it again, by like a couple inches," explained the freshman jumper and hurdler.

With three race records, one relay, and two jumping records all shattered by current Lumberjacks, that's encouraged others to set the bar high.

"I just PR'ed. I went from 9 feet to 9 feet four inches and the school record is 9 feet seven inches. I'm really close," said senior pole vaulter and sprinter Payton Schneberger.

Schneberger is just inches from setting a new pole vaulting record set back in 2015 and Maddie Dostal can taste the shot put record set back in the 1980's.

"I have gotten first in every meet so far this season," the junior thrower said with a laugh. "I'm less than four feet away from the school record and that's my goal this year."

As teammates, they are each others biggest supporters when it comes to adding a new name to the record wall.

"It's really exciting to see new names up on the board every year," said Schneberger.

For the coaches, it's rewarding to see success breed more success.

"When someone can see a freshman get a record or a sophomore, different names on there, that inspires other to say 'I want to go for this one. I want to be a part of that,'" added Prosen.


Chelsie Brown

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