CRYSTAL FALLS - The weather outside may be frightful for the moment, but the Forest Park High School girls track team is looking down the road.
"While most people's eyes are focused on the weather radar, we have our radar focused on conference, regionals and U.P. Finals," said Lady Trojans coach Chandra Ziegler.
The five-time defending Skyline Conference champions return 12 letterwinners including U.P. medalists Mary Grandahl (third in 200, fourth in 100) and Maria Stankewicz (third in 100).
"I am very passionate about teaching and coaching," said Ziegler, stating that "attitude and effort" is one of her many mottoes in regards to track and life. "The Lady Trojans have the best attitude and give their best effort every single day, despite the weather.
"Although it doesn't look or feel like spring, this group of 25 ladies has been putting in the work to have another incredible year."
In addition to the senior Grandahl and sophomore Stankewicz, back with the Lady Trojans are senior Kendra Campbell; juniors Catherine Bloomburg, Jordyn Blank and Casey Ponchaud, and sophomores Libby Shamion, Caitlin Dorton, Macy Hammerberg, Amanda Bustillos, Katie McCole and Joslyn Thoreson.
"With 25 total athletes and 12 returning, we have a well balanced group of experienced athletes and untapped potential," Ziegler said. "We're staying positive and have our eyes set on some pretty big goals.
"I am very excited about this group as a whole. I haven't had this many distance runners in awhile. The sprinters are fast and fearless as usual. The throwers are new and ready to fill the shoes of alumni Gina Graff."
Conference, regional and U.P. track meets are scheduled for May. Snow should be gone by then.
SENIOR - Kendra Campbell, Mary Grandahl.
JUNIOR - Catherine Bloomburg, Gina Maki, Jordyn Blank, Casey Ponchaud, Susie Toivonen.
SOPHOMORE - Libby Shamion, Yesenia Anaya, Caitlin Dorton, Macey Hammerberg, Amanda Bustillos, Katie McCole, Maria Stankewicz, Joslyn Thoreson.
FRESHMAN - Abby Nylund, Becky Showers, Jenna Grabowski, Emily Faccin, Hanna Logan, Bryanna Verhoven, Mollie Boehmke, Cecilia Ware, Amber Luft, Jaimee Adams.
MANAGER - Anna Hilberg, Taylor Honkala.