Lauren Murray

Hudson

Senior

Track and field

Murray has been a force in the discus ring to start her senior season. Her two discus titles last week came against a strong field that included defending 1A state champion Mackenzie Goeller. Murray’s personal-record mark of 123-11 at Thursday’s Dike-New Hartford meet helped her entered the week second in her class, but also has her positioned to qualify for the Drake Relays. “She’s really dedicated to her technique,” Hudson coach Braden Rogers said. “She’s a student of the disc, in particular. She’s striving for perfection in her form every time she goes out.” Murray is a returning fourth place state discus finisher also active on Hudson’s state-qualifying volleyball team. She plans to compete in track and field at Coe College.

Sam Tudor

Waterloo West

Junior

Track and Field

Tudor has helped West’s relays get out of the blocks quick. The Wahawk junior led off West’s championship 4x200 and 4x400 relays at last week’s Hi Covey Relays in Ames. West’s meet record 4x2 time of 1:29.05 ranked second in the state entering this week, and the Wahawks have the fourth-fastest 4x4 time. Tudor ran on West’s sixth place 4x4 relay and was part of the 4x1 relay that reached last year’s state finals in addition to finishing 12th in the open 400. “He just has a really strong block start,” West coach Matt Mostek said. “He drives out of the blocks really well. He’s a really good competitor, and he runs the race really smart.” Tudor also competes in cross country.

Krisha Keeran

Cedar Falls

Freshman

Tennis

Keeran’s small 5-foot stature hides a fierce competitor. The Cedar Falls freshman has jumped out to a 5-2 start with No. 1 singles wins over three returning state qualifiers, including 1A third-place finisher Chelsea Poesch of Waverly-Shell Rock and 2A sixth-place finisher Emma Koch of Iowa City West. “Krisha has bonded well with her teammates and seems to be enjoying the team aspect of high school tennis,” Cedar Falls coach Mike Knox noted of Keeran, one of five varsity newcomers. “She and her doubles partner, senior captain Meghan Saak, have played well together and are starting to learn more about each other’s games.” Keeran and Saak won the Early Bird doubles title and have been competitive with No. 1 doubles opponents early this season.

Jesper Holke-Farnam

Grundy Center

Senior

Golf

Holke-Farnam is a fourth-year starter and two-time all-conference performer who will be attempting to qualify for a fourth state meet this spring. The Grundy Center senior earned medalist honors with a 9-hole round of 36 during Monday’s win over West Marshall. He placed 12th individually in last year’s 2A state meet, and was part of teams the placed runner-up, fifth and eighth the previous three years at state. “He’s a great role model for the younger players of our team and he’s set the tone for the success of the program the last three years,” Grundy Center coach Dennis Dirks said. “He just loves the game and he’s spent hours developing his game over the years.” Holke-Farnam also excels academically and plans to enter UNLV’s golf management program.

Riley Barrett

Aplington-Parkersburg

Senior

Track and field

Barrett’s versatility continues to be on display for Aplington-Parkersburg this season. The Falcons’ battle-tested standout remained undefeated in the high hurdles this season and clocked a time of 15.08 last week that should qualify him for the Drake Relays. Barrett also won two of three 400 hurdle races and ran leadoff on A-P’s 4x800 that ranks among the state’s leaders and is on the bubble for Drake. “He’s a our top sprinter but he’s also capable of going up all the way to an 800, and he’s exceptionally good in the hurdle events,” A-P coach Mark Haren said. “He provides good leadership. ... Riley is one of those kids that really enjoys track and wants to be good at it.” Barrett was a member of the football team and plans to compete in track and field at Wartburg College.

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