Tess Hokanson, sprints/jumps — Hokanson, a senior, is seeking a return trip to the state meet in the 400 meters after taking 12th in 1 minute and 6 seconds in 2017 and winning a section championship. She was a subsection champion in the 200 (28.2) and 400, anchored the 800 relay and was 10th in long jump (13 feet, 10 1/4 inches) at subsections.
Kasandra Keller, sprints/jumps — Keller, a junior, will be a big point-getter for the Knights this spring. She earned top-10 finishes at subsections in the 200 (28.97), 400 (1:06.18) and triple jump (31-11). Keller also aided an 800-relay team that took fifth at sections. She also brings experience in long jump.
Lauren Berg, distance — Berg, a senior returns to defend her subsection championship in the 3,200 meters (12:13.2). She was also part of the 3,200 relay team that took fourth at subsections and is K-W’s top distance option.
UP AND COMING
Hannah Lentsch, sprints — Lentsch, a sophomore, is one of the Knights’ fleetest of foot. She got valuable experience as a freshman in 2017, advancing to sections in the 100 (13.85) and taking fifth in the 200 (28.35). She led off the 800 relay team that took fifth at subsections.
Julianna Boyum, hurdles — Boyum, a sophomore, will be a valuable relay member and hurdler. She took third at subsections and 10th at sections in the 100 hurdles (17.6). She contributed to last year’s section 400 relay team and for the 1,600 relay that placed eighth at the HVL Championships.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Mara Quam, jumps/sprints — It’ll be tough to replace one of the program’s all-time athletes. Quam ended her career at state with two long jump championships (and a runner-up), two top-five finishes in the 100-meter hurdles and two top-10s in the triple jump. She was a four-time state entrant and earned a total of 10 state medals while setting school records.
Kasey Dummer, distance — Dummer was one of the Knights top options in distance. She was fifth at subsections in the 1,600 meters and was the first leg of a 3,200 relay team that took fourth at subsections.
Numbers look healthy in the program this year as K-W has one more year until it can take advantage of having its home track.
The Knights’ first two meets April 5 at Wabasha-Kellogg and April 12 at Triton are canceled. They’ll hope to get the season underway 4:30 p.m. April 16 at Dover-Eyota.
Hokanson will look to build on her run to state in 2017 as her and her upperclassmen’s production will have to increase to account for the loss of Quam.
Corynne Dahl (sprints), Kaela Horn (sprints), junior Gretchen Anderson (distance), Haley Schmidt (distance), Riley Dummer (distance), Kaitlyn Void (hurdles), Kaela Sheppard (throws), Claire Doehling (throws), Adrianna Kruse (jumps) are among those who return varsity experience.