Salute to Seniors - Maret Elgren

                          Maret Elgren
                          Chanhassen High School

                          Personal Records:

                            5k (xc): 20:13.98

                              3200m: 11:36.07

                                1600m: 5:28.19

                                  800m: 2:29.78

                                    How did you get started as a track or cross country athlete?

                                    I was introduced to cross country in fifth grade when my oldest brother joined the team as a high school freshman.  I was fascinated by the sport and went to watch almost all of his meets, but I didn't take up the sport until my own first year of high school, when my parents finally encouraged me to join.  I reluctantly joined cross country and later joined track my sophomore year when I finally decided to quit softball, leading me to quit basketball my junior year to focus solely on running. I later joined indoor track through Park Flyers Track Club my senior year to run year-round.

                                      What was your most memorable competition?

                                      My most memorable competition was the Section 2AA cross country meet in the fall.  As a sections alternate my junior year, this was my first time competing at the section meet.  I knew it would be tough competition on an even tougher course, but I wanted to do all that I could to help my team and to end my season on a good note.  I ended up having the race of my life as I ran a PR to finish 20th overall, and missed qualifying for state by two places! It was a great way to end my senior season, and I am proud of myself for holding nothing back and leaving it all out on the course for one last race.

                                        Who were your biggest competitors in your track/XC career?

                                        Running in the Metro West Conference, our girls team has always been neck and neck with Bloomington Jefferson for the conference title, specifically in cross country.  Jefferson is a talented team with smart racing strategies that we have learned from. They have won the title two years in a row now, so I hope our girls can reclaim the title next season.