Frolek sisters setting pace at state meet

Dreah Frolek took third place at state, while sister Drew Frolek was 10th, Olivia Frolek was 18th, and teammate Ryan Hermes was the top boy finisher for SCLO.

One week ago the Frolek sisters of Lidgerwood — Dreah, Drew and Olivia — made predictions for their finishes at Saturday’s state meet at Jamestown.

All three run cross country for Sargent Central-Lidgerwood-Oakes.

Dreah Frolek hoped to finish in the top five — she ended up third (19:17).

Drew Frolek wanted to be in the top 10 — she finished exactly in 10th place (20:10).

Olivia Frolek wanted to be in the top 20 — she ended the 5K in 18th (20:29).

Assistant coach Kristine Askerooth said Dreah ran into the third-place slot and never let it go.

“She handled the course in typical Dreah fashion, flying over the ground, eating up the miles and she kept a fast pace up throughout the race,” Askerooth said.

Then there is Drew, who battled her way through the hilly course.

“She ran with a group of four for almost the entire race, but she used her strength and endurance to her advantage on the hills, then relied on her sprinting speed at the end to cross the line in the top 10,” Askerooth said.

And Olivia, well, “she was just outstanding in her first ever state meet. If she was nervous, she didn’t show it,” Askerooth said. “Olivia used her head and ran her race, picking off people one at a time. To finish in the top 20 as a seventh grader in your first state race is amazing.”

Assistant coach Mark Wisnewski said he was blown away by the Frolek sisters.

“Wow, how do you begin to explain the significance and accomplishment of three sisters all earning All-State honors in the same year? All three of them surpassed what they set out to do individually at the state meet,” he said.

The most satisfying part of all of this is they got better each week on an incremental basis, Wisnewski said. That says a lot about their work habits and desire to constantly get better. They are just driven to succeed, he said.

Every SCLO runner had personal records at the state meet. The weather was almost perfect for running, Askerooth said, cool and without any wind.

The top SCLO boy runner, Ryan Hermes, met his goals and had a terrific showing at his first state meet, Askerooth said. She looks for him to improve next year and to challenge the top 20 runners, she said.

Teammate Noah Kujanson, a senior this year, had a great final race of his high school career. She will miss his leadership and wishes him the best in whatever the future holds for him, she said.

“Our boys, also finished strong, which was a very special year for the program,” Wisnewski said.

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