Sprints strong again for Polars’ girls track team

The North High School girls track and field team was particularly strong in the sprint events last season and that trend appears ready to continue this year. The Polars qualified for state in 2015 in the two sprint relays and all four members of those teams are back this season.

Head coach Dan Cahill, who is entering his 11th season in that role, has some other athletes in different events but nothing that can match North’s sprinters.

Freshman J’ianna Cager returns following an impressive eighth-grade season. She broke the school record and won the Metro East Conference championship in the 100-meter dash and anchored the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays that went to state.

Also back from those relay teams are senior Hannah Pedersen, junior Renee Mahr and sophomore Jebeh Cooke. That quartet holds the school record in both relays and earned all-conference honors last season.

The 4x200-meter relay team finished eighth at state in 2015 while the 4x100-meter relay team made the state meet but did not advance to the finals.

Seniors Kally Kolbeck and Jane Baude also return for one final season. Kolbeck is second in school history in the pole vault and was all-state in 2014 thanks to an eighth-place finish at the state meet. Baude is a distance runner who has earned all-state honors in cross country twice.

North finished second to South St. Paul in the Metro East Conference championships in 2015 and Cahill sees the Packers as the favorite again this season. He believes the Polars, Mahtomedi, Tartan and Hastings will all contend for second place this season.

North opens the season on April 7 with a time-trial meet at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Joining the Polars are Metro East Conference foes Hill-Murray, Simley and Tartan.


Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


2016 North High School girls track and field schedule

April 7 

April 12 

April 20 

April 22 

April 26

April 28 

May 3

May 10

May 12 

May 19 

May 24 

May 26 

May 31 

June 2 

June 10

June 11 

at River Falls time trials 

at Mahtomedi time trials

North invitational 

at Prior Lake invitational 

Home triangular (SSP, H-M) 

at Centennial invitational

Metro East relays at Mahtomedi

Section true team at Mounds View

at Roseville invitational

Home triangular (Maht, STA)

Metro East prelims at Tartan

Metro East finals at Tartan

Section 4AA prelims at East Ridge

Section 4AA finals at East Ridge 

State meet at Hamline University

State meet at Hamline University 

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Time TBA

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.

3:45 p.m.

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3:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.

3 p.m.

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3:30 p.m.

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9 a.m.

9 a.m.


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