Sep 05

MS Cross Country Clinic Begins

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Join the Holy Family Catholic High School Cross Country team for a 5 week conditioning, team-building and competition clinic. Train with Holy Family Fire Cross Country Coaches and athletes of your age level up to 5 days per week (Monday-Friday from 5:30-6:30 P.M. daily) with the opportunity to travel with the team to area meets to compete in races against competition at your grade level from the area and the state of MN. It’s a great way to achieve extra sports conditioning, develop a love for the sport of running, as well to explore one of the many quality sports that Holy Family Catholic High School has to offer!!

September 5-October 17, Monday-Friday from 5:30-6:30 P.M. daily

Cost: $100

Grades: 5-8

Click HERE to register. Contact Coach Hoffman with questions.

More information about Holy Family Cross Country program can be found HERE.

Jan 01

Fire Track and Field Athletes Look Forward to Section Meet

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With the track and field championship season now in full swing, the primary goal of every track and field athlete is the same: perform well enough to advance to the next round. When the bus left Jordan High School, host of the Section 2A, Sub-Section 8 Championship meet on Thursday, May 25, many Fire athletes met that goal. Holy Family will send a large contingent to sections.

Holy Family Girls Team Fared Well

The Holy Family girls fared well as a team, battling their way to a third-place team finish in the seven-team Sub-Section. The Fire’s 140 points trailed team champion and host Jordan’s 234 points. The Holy Family team attack was spurred on by qualifying efforts in three of the four relays, three event titles, three Honor Roll standards, and 12 Section 2A Championship meet qualifiers.

With the top four athletes in individual events and the top two relays qualifying for the next round, the Fire needed great performances.   Holy Family would boast the winner in two of the individual events led by senior captain Kendra Franck, who rolled to another victory in her primary event, the 800m run. Franck’s winning time of two minutes, 25.07 seconds was just off of her personal best time, but almost two seconds ahead of the next competitor and a Section 2A championship qualifying performance. The Fire received another Section 2A meet standard in this event courtesy of junior Megan Beulke, who ran a personal best time of 2:30.63 to advance to the 4th and final qualifying position. The final individual Fire victory belonged to sophomore distance specialist Ellie Marschall, who paced herself to an easy victory in the 3200m run with a winning time of 12:58.23, over 17 seconds faster than the next competitor. Also sparking the Holy Family distance attack was senior captain Abby Ernst, who qualified for sections with a 4th place time of 5:49.80, a new personal best, in the 1600m run.

Senior captain Emily Willenbring advanced to the Section 2A meet in three events. Willenbring set a new Holy Family Catholic school record in the long jump competition, stretching the tape to a new personal best mark of 16 feet, 11 inches to place 2nd overall. Willenbring then also set a new personal-best time in the 200m dash, shaving almost 1.5 seconds off her previous best. Her time of 26.14 seconds was a Minnesota Class A Honor Roll Standard and placed her in 2nd overall, just 0.04 of a second out of 1st place. She then capped her day by anchoring the Holy Family 4 x 200 relay to victory in a time of 1:48.54. Willenbring’s relay teammate junior Emma Terris also qualified for the Section 2A meet in three events: the high jump competition with a second place 4’7” effort, the 4 x 200 relay, the Fire 4 X 100 relay with Section 2A second-place qualifying time of 51.97.

Also qualifying in more than one event were Holy Family sophomore sprinter Evelyn Willenbring in 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 relays, and junior Alexis Pricco in the 4 X 100 relay, and as an individual in the 300m hurdles with a personal best time of 50.85 seconds and a 4th place finish.

Junior Maggie Mahota advanced to sections with the top Fire time in 300m hurdles and second place 49.75-seconds. Mahota (5th) and Pricco (6th), also posted personal bests in the 100m hurdles but did not advance to sections in this event. Mahota then teamed up with fellow juniors Casey Krasowski and Gracie Lund along with sophomore Grace Conroy to claim Holy Family’s 4th and final event win of the day in the 4 X 400 relay with a time of 4:20.34, almost 8 seconds better than the next team, and just off a season-best mark.

“Our girls took care of business today by advancing to the Section Meet in multiple events,” noted Fire head coach Ian Parzyck. “Emily had a great day with the school record in the long jump, we had two individual champions, and our relays were good again. All in all it was a good day for our girls, but our multiple personal best performances show us that everything is coming together for them at the right time with the Section meet on the way.”

Fire Boys Track and Field Athletes Fight to Move On

The Holy Family boys were able to fight their way to 5th place in the team standings behind Jordan High School’s Sub-Section 8A Championship 280 points at Sub-Section 8A meet. Staring down the possible end to their track and field season, a number of Holy Family boys showed their fight by demonstrating that they were far from finished; as they sent six athletes in four events on to compete at the Section 2A meet.

Leading the way in the individual events was Fire sophomore and middle distance specialist Zyler Niece, who paced himself to a 2nd place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:10.37. Holy Family would see one more distance runner advance as sophomore teammate Jack Fink grabbed the 4th and final Section qualifying spot in the 1600m run with a time of 4:54.64. Fink became the Fire boys’ only two-event qualifier when he anchored the Fire 4 X 400 relay team of junior captain Joe Olson, with sophomore teammates Nick Lynch and Brendan O’Connor to 2nd place in a near season-best time of 3:35.47.

The Holy Family boys would also see success in the field, as senior throws captain Daniel Trieff punched his ticket to next week’s section meet with the 4th and final qualifying spot in the shot put competition. Trieff threw a personal-best mark of 44 feet, 2 inches to ensure his season would continue. “I was really pleased to see Daniel chuck out that personal best throw with his season on the line,” exclaimed Coach Parzyck. “And while there were a couple of near misses from some of our athletes in other events, I was truly happy to see our boys battle back and eek out one more Section qualifying performance in the 4 X 400 in exciting fashion at the end of the meet.”

The Holy Family Catholic track and field teams will now set their sights on Mankato West High School, host of the Section 8AA championship meet. The top two individuals and top relay teams, plus any qualifying standards, will earn the right to compete at the MSHSL State Championship meet in June. “All of our Section qualifiers performed well on Thursday, and will now see the best in the Section 2A Meet on Saturday, June 3. We have 18 girls and boys who are set to compete at Mankato this week for an opportunity at State. It should be a lot of fun for our athletes to perform at their best to see just how far they can go.”

Photo by Paige Wicka

Apr 17

Middle School Track Club Begins

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Spring Middle School Track Club runs from April 17-May 20.

Join the Holy Family Catholic H.S. Track & Field team for a 5-week skill-building and competition clinic. Train with the Holy Family FIRE Track & Field coaches 2-3 days per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and some Fridays from 5:30-7 p.m.). Middle school athletes will explore the different events of track and field, learn new athletic skills, make friends, improve your overall fitness, and find your niche! This clinic also includes three local Saturday afternoon meets where participants will be able to track their growth. Register here. Contact Head Coach Ian Parzyck with any questions at parzycki@hfchs.org.

Jan 01

Bodin earns All-American Honors

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After crossing the line during a qualifying heat at the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships on July 28, Holy Family alumna Allie Bodin ’16 knew that her new personal best 800 meter time of 2:12.91 was now the fastest in Holy Family Catholic High School history, surpassing alumna and 2016 Olympic Trials marathon qualifier Bria Wetsch’s mark from 2006.

Upon arrival at her hotel later that day, Bodin was given a message of congratulations from Wetsch with a phone number saying she would love to chat with Holy Family’s new 800 meter record holder, a sign of mutual respect from one alum Fire athlete to another.

“After anchoring the State runner-up 4×800 meter relay my sophomore year, I knew that I wanted to win State during my high school career, which drove me to set my sights high on [Bria Wetsch’s] school record. Bria was a role model for me,” remarked Bodin. She achieved her goal in early June when she won the 2016 Minnesota State High School League State Meet’s Girls 800m title.

Bodin continued to race during the early summer months in the USATF Junior Olympic 17 and 18 women’s division’s 800 meter run. With her first place finishes at the state and regional meets, she qualified for the USATF Junior Olympic National Championship Meet held on the campus of California State University in Sacramento July 26-31. In near-record California heat, she raced against other state champions and top ranked athletes from every USATF Region Championship meet across the United States. The heat did not alter her approach to her races. “Having run a new personal-best time at the State meet in 90-degree heat, the potential for near-record heat never really concerned me.”, she said, “I needed to trust my training and prepare mentally and physically to compete to the best of my abilities.” She added, “It is a blessing in itself that I was even granted the opportunity to compete in Sacramento among some of the best in the nation, and will be forever grateful for all of the support given to me by my parents, coaches, family, and friends.”

The path to the final race would include a preliminary heat on July 27 and a semifinal heat on July 28. Bodin knew it would take her best effort to continue her season, against a field of some of the country’s best. Bodin successfully made it to the semifinal heat and ended the race with a new school record and a top seed for the final race on Saturday.

“While there were more girls running faster times going into the National meet in comparison to the State meet, I knew that it would all depend on the day,” said the 2016 MSHSL Class A champion Bodin. “There is no point in stressing out about your competition; you can only control what you can control: your positive mentality and physical preparation,” she stated. Bodin prays the Guardian Angel’s prayer before every race as a source of comfort and strength.

From the outset of her record-setting run in the USATF National semi-final, Bodin set a blistering pace, leading at the cut-in mark with a 200m split time that rivaled her school 400m record time set earlier in the summer. “I remember when I saw my unusually fast first 200 meter split time in the semi-finals; I remained calm and knew that I had trained hard in preparation for this moment, and I would be fine,” recalled Bodin. “It can be stressful at times when you realize you have trained so long in preparation for such a short race. You have to be present in that moment; otherwise, you could end up living with regret later.” From the moment she crossed the line at the halfway point in her semifinal race, Bodin held off her competitors and finished in a heat winning time of 2:12.91, a new Holy Family Track and Field record. She would move on to compete in Saturday’s final.

With the mercury climbing to a high of 103 degrees on the Sacramento State University track on Saturday, July 30, Bodin capped her track and field season and high school track and field career by finishing 4th overall in a finals time of 2:13.97 for her first All-America honor. Aziza Ayoub, an Ohio high school state champion claimed the national title.

Not long after returning from the national championship, Bodin left to begin her collegiate experience as an athlete at St. Louis University. She remains grounded in her faith and determined to make the most of her opportunities. “I always find comfort in my favorite quote by Eleanor Powell, ‘What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God,’ meaning that everyone should focus on becoming someone who brings out the best in those around you,” Bodins says, “which I hope I can do as a student-athlete at SLU these next four years.”