The Drill: Luverne trackster Jadyn Anderson maintains optimism
LUVERNE -- There are a lot of stars on the Luverne High School track and field team.
And that’s not remarkable. In fact, it’s normal.
The Cardinals have fielded outstanding teams for as long as most people can remember, and their girls squad has been beyond outstanding -- in fact, it’s been more than remarkable.
For the past 11 years, the Luverne girls have won section True Team championships with deep teams -- proficient in running events and relays, and strong in field events, too. They’ll have their work cut out for them this spring, however, because they’ve been bumped up from Section 3A to Section 3AA, and they’ll be facing bigger schools.
Fortunately, the LHS girls are deep and talented again this year. And junior middle distance and relay runner Jadyn Anderson is a star among the stars. Anderson ran on the Cards’ 3,200-meter relay team that placed sixth last year in the state meet, and also on the 1,600-meter relay foursome that placed ninth at state. Anderson also competed at state in the 800-meter run as a sophomore.
No doubt, track and field is the sport that Anderson has had the most success in thus far in her high school career. But she also competes in volleyball and track. And outside of sports, she is the student body president. She participates in mock trial and choir, too.
The Globe interviewed Anderson for The Drill recently, and you can go online at www.dglobe.com to see it, and video footage. Here’s a sample of the interview:
QUESTION: What are your thoughts about moving up to Section 3AA for the True Team competition? Is Luverne up to that challenge?
ANSWER: “It throws a wrench into our plan as a whole. But going into this year, I think we’re really ready. We want to make it back to state. It comes down to coaching. We had a strong coach, Mr. (Craig) Nelson, for a really long time. And he pretty much brought the whole program up -- completely built it. And now we have Coach (Pete) Janiszeski, who has been a part of the program forever, as well. It’s just spirit, and we know that we can do it.”
Q: What’s the outlook for the girls relay teams this year?
A: “I think our outlook is good. We have some good runners coming up, and all of our athletes from those two (events).”
Q: We’re curious. What do the track girls talk about when you’re sitting around together in your camps in between meet events?
A: “Being in Minnesota when we’re all huddled up between races, we’re usually cold -- or really hot. So we’re either complaining about how cold it is, or complaining about how hot it is, and thinking maybe, ‘One and done. One more race and we’re done.’”
Q: Who inspires you as an athlete?
A: “The person that inspires me the most in track and field is definitely Coach J. He is a crazy runner. He participated in the Boston Marathon, and he goes on runs with us. It’s not often when you have a coach that also does stuff with you. So, having J do that, he’s super-dedicated. He’ll run our hard workouts with us. It makes you want to do better for him.”