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State champ Trost signs on with Bulldogs

Cannon Falls runner and two-time state champion Emi Trost signs her National Letter of Intent to run cross-country and track and field for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Wednesday night at Cannon Falls High School. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

CANNON FALLS – Emi Trost wanted to hit the ground running on her collegiate athletic career.

Coming off a first-place finish in the Class 1A 800-meter run at last spring’s state track and field championship, as well as the top spot in November’s Class 1A state cross-country meet, Trost wanted to find a place that would allow her to compete right away.

After looking at options at the Division I, II and III level, Trost made her decision on Wednesday, signing her National Letter of Intent to run cross-country and track and field for the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

“I went up and visited twice. Both times, I felt very at home with the coach and with the campus,” Trost said. “I like the Division II feel. Everything kind of fit.”

Trost said she considered the University of Minnesota, Concordia University-Wisconsin and Lipscomb University (Tenn.), but she did not want to sit idly by in her first year.

 “They redshirt their freshmen at Division I, and I wanted to run and be in on the action right away,” Trost said. “And I loved Coach (Joanna) Warmington and the team.”

And with the Bulldogs, Trost will join a cross-country team that took first place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, first place in the NCAA Division II Central Regional Championship, and placed 10th at the Division II National Championships.

“Their team is really young. They didn’t graduate anyone, so everyone’s going to be back,” Trost said. “I’m excited to be an addition, along with the other freshmen that will be able to contribute to the team.”

In meeting with the team, Trost found a comfortable environment aside from running.

“It was really cool to talk to some of the team members who had a strong faith like I do,” Trost said. “I connected with them a lot and we can talk about other things besides running, and that’s really good for team dynamics.”

Trost will go for another state track and field title this spring. After that, she hopes to improve beyond her high school career to help UMD reach new heights.

“Every year, I’ve been getting better and better, and I want to continue that in college,” Trost said. “Just keep getting better and use this opportunity to further my education.”

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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