Returning letter winners for the Decorah girls track team are, from left, front row - Maria Hoyme, Alison Sexton, Dailen Folkedahl, Alexis Hove, Kelly Minear, Carli Galligan. Second row - Kaitlyn Kregel, Olivia Sandvig, Monica Tappe, Tess Olinger, Taylor Schuring, Maria McDonough, Lindsay Vande Lune. Third row - Monica Malila, Amanda Taylor, Kassie Hoyme, Jenna Iverson, Linnea Kephart, Katie Perez, Kalle Solberg. Look for the team photo on page A-11. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Returning letter winners for the Decorah girls track team are, from left, front row - Maria Hoyme, Alison Sexton, Dailen Folkedahl, Alexis Hove, Kelly Minear, Carli Galligan. Second row - Kaitlyn Kregel, Olivia Sandvig, Monica Tappe, Tess Olinger, Taylor Schuring, Maria McDonough, Lindsay Vande Lune. Third row - Monica Malila, Amanda Taylor, Kassie Hoyme, Jenna Iverson, Linnea Kephart, Katie Perez, Kalle Solberg. Look for the team photo on page A-11. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)

 

The bar is set high for the Decorah girls track team in 2014.
With an upper class group aiming for a top spot at the state tournament and under classmen eager to please their coach and teammates, the Vikings have the perfect recipe for success. 
Putting everything in the correct spot is Head Coach Dana Hogan. Hogan has been leading the Vikings for 13 seasons. She will be assisted by Brad Johansen and Jay Geissler, along with volunteer coach Molly Holkesvik.

Another banner year
In 2013, weather played a factor as several meets were cancelled. However, that didn’t stop the Vikings from putting together another strong team. With 70 athletes out for the squad, Hogan had lots of choices for each event.
It all came together at the conference meet, when the Vikings sailed to their ninth title in a row, securing 197 points. Second place went to Waverly-Shell Rock with 97 points. In total, the Vikes had nine first-place medals at the end of the night – 4x800, shuttle hurdle relay, distance medley relay, Kalle Solberg in the 400, 4x200, Tori Hartman in the 400 hurdles, 4x100, 4x400 and Kassie Hoyme in the shot put. 
The rain came down at the state qualifying meet, but that didn’t stop Decorah from winning the event for the ninth time in a row. Decorah qualified 17 entries to the state meet.  
When they got to the big stage, the Vikes put it all together, finishing 19th with 12 points. The highlight of the three-day tournament was the distance medley relay of Monica Tappe, Tess Olinger, Dailen Folkedahl and Taylor Schuring, which came in third overall. The 4x100 of Folkedahl, Molly Wettach, Alexis Hove and Tappe came in fifth while the 4x800 relay of Amanda Taylor, Kaitlyn Kregel, Solberg and Schuring finished seventh. 

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