Keeping TRACK

No, we are not yet through with girls’ basketball (lots more), vacations, or Kurt Vonnegut. However, we are long past due giving our thinclads their due.

For the past five years the cub reporter-in-training (who, unfortunately, has been on injured reserve for the better part of the past six months and could not join me yesterday) has pushed for a Super Fan appearance at a track meet. He really wanted to see Rosey Erickson and Jamie Piepenburg perform. These two Cardinal athletes have been competing in, and winning events at, the state tournament since they were 8th-graders. Last year, if memory serves (though it often doesn’t), the two of them almost carried the Cards to the state title – Rosey won the long jump, was 3rd in the 200, and 7th in the 100; and Jamie won the 1,600 and was 2nd in the 3,200. Time was running out – they’re seniors now.  [Errata:  This just in – Jamie is just a junior.  Wa-hoo!]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77gHpUza7no

[The above video shows Rosey anchoring the 4×100 team.  She also won the 100, 200, and long jump.  Of known performers, Alli ran the 2nd leg on the far side.] 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXKhKIJP4mk

[The above video shows Jamie winning the 800.  She also competed in a relay.  She did not run in the 1,600, and there was no 3,200, her two specialties.  The 800 was probably for speed work.]

The ability to attend a track meet is exacerbated by their rarity. Usually multi-team events, they are generally scheduled for large venues. I believe the Cardinals may host two meets a year –and one of them is generally snowed out. Yesterday, I believe, was their last home meet of the year. Fortunately, we had perfect weather – and so after the obligatory round of golf, I was able to attend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Siy8Eh6FjFc

[The above video is Rosey winning the 200 – Alli is 3rd on the outside.]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3INzxM9gATA  

[The above video is Joie winning the 300 meter hurdles.  She also won the 110 meter hurdles and the triple jump.  If she had enough time, she’d probably excel at the high jump as well.]

I had not been to a track meet probably since my days at the “U,” some 45 years ago. They are busy, with a lot of stuff going on, often at points distant from the viewing area. I tried my best, with assists from fellow fans, Carol and Dave Dittberner, whose grandkids, Julia and Will Sieling, are middle distance runners, to follow all our “known” athletes from the hockey and basketball teams – not always successfully. The hockey team was represented by Britni DelCastillo, Shanee Herd, Becca Illies, and Shelby Iverson; the basketball team by Alli Haar and Joie Warnes (with apologies to those I missed). I found the whole event to be quite exhilarating.

[Julia Sieling (Shanee in the foreground)]

[Will Sieling]

[Shanee in the 400.]

[Shelby in a relay.]

[Joie, in the middle of 7, in the 110 meter hurdles.]

[Rosey, middle, and Alli, far left at the start, in the 100 – and returning.]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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