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Annika Aho competes for University of Sioux Falls track team

Menahga graduate ran 400, 800 and 1,000 meters for the Cougars during the indoor season.

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Menahga's Annika Aho (3) competed in seven indoor meets for the University of Sioux Falls women's track and field team this season. Photo courtesy of Wayne State athletics

Menahga’s Annika Aho competed in seven indoor meets for the University of Sioux Falls women’s track and field team this season.

Aho capped off her sophomore season by competing in two events at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships at Mankato on Feb. 26-27. Aho finished 14th out of 16 runners in the 800 meters in 2:20.51 and ran on Sioux Falls’ distance medley relay team that placed eighth out of 12 teams in 12:50.97.

Sioux Falls finished 12th in the team standings with 20 points. Minnesota State Mankato took first in the 15-team field with 178 points with Augustana (155), University of Mary (105), Winona State (57), Northern State (44), Bemidji State (28), St. Cloud State (27), Concordia-St. Paul (26), Minnesota Duluth (25), Wayne State (22) and Minnesota State Moorhead (21) following. Rounding out the NSIC standings were Minot State (14), Southwest State (13) and Upper Iowa (6).

The indoor season for the Cougars began at the Wayne State (Nebraska) Invitational on Jan. 16 when Aho topped the five-runner field in the 1,000 in 3:15.02.

At the Dakota Realty Meet at the University of South Dakota on Jan. 23, Aho finished fifth out of 14 runners in the 800 in 2:23.75. Sioux Falls finished second as a team with 112 points. USD took first in the five-team meet with 186 points.

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Aho finished 12th out of 22 runners in the 800 in 2:21.58 at the Bearcat Invitational at Northwest Missouri State on Feb. 5-6 before placing fifth out of seven runners in the 1,000 in 3:07.39 and running on the 4 x 400 relay team that placed third out of three teams with a 4:15.99 at the Minnesota State Mankato Triangular on Feb. 12.

At the South Dakota State University Indoor Classic on Feb. 13, Aho finished 17th out of 22 runners in the 800 in 2:22.95 and ran on the 4 x 400 relay team that placed 10th out of 11 teams in 4:12.80.

Aho tuned up for the NSIC Indoor Championships by placing fifth out of 18 runners in the 800 in 2:25.91 and running on the 4 x 400 relay that placed second out of three teams in 4:15.20 at the Stinger Open at Black Hills State on Feb. 19-20.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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