2014 Spring Preview: Gorres, Ogunrinde back to lead Park girls track team
Led by University of Minnesota recruit Temi Ogunrinde and all-state sophomore Ally Gorres, Park brings a small but talented contingent to the track this spring.
“We’re a small team but have lots of potential,” said Park head girls track coach Matt Maher, who is entering his 10th year with the Wolfpack. “We should be able to cover all events with either experienced athletes or some really exciting new additions.”
Heading the list of returnees is Ogunrinde, who was all-state in the 400-meter dash as a sophomore and will compete for the University of Minnesota next fall. Ogunrinde said she thinks she will do the hammer throw or perhaps the heptathlon in college, but for the Wolfpack she’ll run sprints and middle distance races solo and/or in relays along with the either the long or triple jump.
Along with Ogunrinde, Ally Gorres returns to the ‘Pack this spring. Last year, Gorres qualified for her first state meet in two events — the long jump and the 100-meter dash — and earned all-state in the long jump. She was all-conference in four events and Suburban East Conference long jump champion.
Ogunrinde and fellow seniors Marea Detzler, Ellie Figlmiller, Katelyn Floysand, Jaclyn Glazier, McKenzie Greeder and Erin Tolkinen will act as team captains for Park this year.
The team also welcomes back senior Sarah LaBrosse, who was a state entrant in the triple jump as a freshman, along with standout sophomore Ciara Gregory and Amber Cordell, Emily Freidel and April LaCroix.
“I’m very excited about the upcoming season,” Maher said. “We have a great group of athletes that are dedicated and, so far, very hard workers.”
Last year Park took eighth place in the Suburban East Conference and in Section 3AA.
Maher said he feels the team to beat in the conference this year include Stillwater, Mounds View and Roseville. In the section, the top teams are expected to be Eastview, Eagan and Prior Lake.
Weather permitting, Park is hoping to compete in an invitational at Hastings on April 3 and another invitational at Roseville on April 8. Park is hoping to be at home for the first time when it hosts a three-team meet on April 15 in Cottage Grove.
“The spring weather can’t be any worse than it was last year,” Maher said. “The indoor time hopefully is short but beneficial.”