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Track and field preview: Silver Bay strives for personal records

Silver Bay junior Alexxa DeQuevedo competes in the 100 meter hurdles during the Polar League Championship last year. DeQuevedo has been to two state meets and could return for a third this season. (News-Chronicle file photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

The Silver Bay track and field teams are aiming for a competitive season and personal records, or improvements – for everyone, head coach Rick Frericks said.

With 25 team members – 14 girls and 11 boys — on the team this year, numbers are slightly up.

The Mariners are scheduled to compete at their first outdoor meet April 5 at Nashwauk-Keewatin.

Girls

Several members of the Silver Bay girls team are returning this year, and Frericks hopes to send them back to the State Meet.

"We have a number of girls who were state qualifiers last year that are coming back," Frericks said.

That includes junior Alexxa DeQuevedo, who has gone to state twice in the 100-meter hurdles and once in the 300-meter hurdles, and senior Jocelyn Russell has also been to the state meet twice – last year in the 100 meters.

All four members of Mariner's 4x200 relay team that made it to state last year have returned too. The team, made up of sophomore Corrina Marolt, senior Everly Bauck, DeQuevedo and Russell will look to return again to the state meet.

"We have a number of speedsters on the team. Maybe we can get some points that way," Frericks said.

Boys

On the boys side, Frericks expects senior Jeff Brecht, who placed sixth in the 200 meters at the Section 7A meet last year, to lead the sprinters.

"He's really put in a lot of time in the weight room so he's gotten a lot bigger. So I'm hoping that will translate into being faster — we'll see," Frericks said.

Frericks is also hoping to put together competitive 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams with Brecht, freshman Riley Harkness, senior Lane Greer and sophomore Mason Ollman, who is in both baseball track this spring.

Freshman Hunter Dow, who ran a sub-60-second 400-meter as an eighth-grader, could also perform wall as a high schooler, Frericks said.

"I think we're going to see some nice things from him, too," Frericks said.

Jimmy Lovrien

Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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