Jan 01

Senior Takes Fourth Trip to State


State Cross Country

For the 11th consecutive year, Holy Family will send at least one runner to the State Cross Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, demonstrating the strength of the cross country program over the last decade. In large part, that consistency has been the result of underclassmen stepping up to replace a talented graduating class, and this year was no different. Having lost Allie Bodin and Maria Eastman to graduation, the team looked to seniors Kendra Franck and Abby Ernst for leadership, in addition to key contributions from other runners like freshman Abbey Fink and sophomore Ellie Marschall.

The Section 4A meet took place at Battle Creek on Thursday, October 27th. The Fire took on a strong field, including two top-10 ranked teams in Minnehaha Academy and Trinity School. To qualify for the state meet, the team would need to finish in one of the top 2 places. Unfortunately the team came up short by the narrowest of margins, finishing 3rd by only 2 points behind Minnehaha and Trinity, respectively.

This strong team effort came courtesy of a 4th place finish by Kendra Franck (20:09), a 20th place finish from freshman Abbey Fink (20:52), a 24th place finish from Ellie Marshall (21:07), a 27th place finish from Abby Ernst (21:17), and a 29th place finish by Megan Beulke (21:25).

Franck’s impressive 4th place finish earned her a place in the state meet for the 4th consecutive year.
Reflecting on the season, Kendra said, “This fall, our team got way closer and we did a lot of team bonding. We worked really hard this and it was so sad to see us miss the state qualifying places by two points.”

Kendra will run at St. Olaf college on Saturday, November 5.

This article originally appeared in the school online newspaper, The Phoenix, on November 1. Staff writer: Grace Lund Click here to see more stories from The Phoenix writers.

Jan 01

Girls Cross Country Wins AHA Invitational


The girls cross country team got an early start on their season, starting their training near the beginning of summer with frequent captains practices and training days. Led by senior captain Kendra Franck, the team is excited to build on last year’s strong season, which included a conference championship and a trip to the state meet.

While the team lost great runners like Maria Eastman and Allie Bodin to graduation, they are optimistic that new members will step up to take their place. “I’m excited to show the freshman everything we love about cross country,” Franck said. One key addition is Abby Ernst, a senior and member of the 4 x 800 team that qualified for the state meet.

The season got off to a great start when the girls cross country team finished in first place at the Academy of Holy Angels Invitational with a score of 58 points. Kendra Franck finished 6th and freshman Abbey Fink finished 9th, with each girl running a time under 12 minutes. 11 other schools, including Blake, Visitation and Providence Academy, participated in the meet.

Fink and Franck followed up that meet with another strong performance at the St. Olaf High School Showcase on Sept. 2 in Northfield, each finishing in the top 30 of a very competitive field.

The girls cross country team’s next test will be at Baylor Regional Park on September 13th at 4pm. Another great opportunity to get out and watch the girls run is their upcoming meet at the Chaska Golf Course on October 4th at 3pm.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 8, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper.