High School: A 2017 graduate of Champlin Park High School where she competed for coaches Doug Swenson, Matt Hoelz, and Mark O’Neill • three-sport letterwinner who played soccer and basketball in addition to track & field • seven-time Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championship qualifier with three top-five finishes in long jump and one in triple jump • won 2015 Minnesota state title in long jump as a sophomore (18-10.75) along with placing fifth as a senior and second as a freshman • took fifth in state in triple jump as a sophomore (36-04.50) • placed ninth in the 4x100m relay as a freshman and earned two top-10 state finishes as a member of Champlin Park’s 4x200m relay • three-time all-conference and two-time all-state honoree in track & field • six-time Northwest Suburban Conference champion in long jump (2014, 2015, 2017), triple jump (2015), and the 4x200m relay (2015, 2017) • holds Champlin Park school records in long jump, triple jump, and the 4x100m relay • owns high school personal-best marks of 18-11.50 in long jump, 38-01.75 in triple jump, 5-04 in high jump, and 12.9 in the 100m • won long jump title at 2015 AAU Junior Nationals • all-conference soccer player who was named team MVP as a sophomore • played basketball for four years, serving as captain for two years and earning three all-conference awards and one academic all-state nod.
Personal: Born January 19, 1999 • daughter of Keri and Darryl Gerads • has one sister, Grace • intends to study kinesiology • enjoys listening to music, drawing, hanging out with friends, and trying new foods • National Honor Society member • high honor student • academic letterwinner.
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