The Running Girl in Trempealeau

Red Hawks freshman Feyen remains unbeaten on season

The odometer is spinning and the mileage is building up. Yet this well-oiled machine continues to produce unprecedented results.

“I do not know if all coaches get lucky like this where you get that special talent, motivation and drive all in the same package,” said Red Hawks head coach Don Foley. “She is one of the smallest kids in our school, yet she has such a powerful stride, is so incredibly strong.”

At Gale Ettrick Trempealeau High School the Red Hawk athletic community is beaming. A freshman is potentially putting together the best individual performance across an entire season – of any sport – in school history.
Around these parts she is known as ‘The Running Girl in Trempealeau’.

“I did not really know what to expect,” said Dana Feyen. ” I was excited to be able to compete this year because we did not have a middle school team and I was really hoping to make it to state.”

Once an eighth-grader without a team to run for, now Feyen is a freshman carrying G-E-T. She led wire to wire this season, including winning last weekend’s Division 2 Black River Falls sectional by a whopping 57 seconds.

The first place finish is her ninth in nine meets as a high school runner.

“In the first part of the season we were thinking ‘Oh there is one, there is two, and she just kept going,'” said Foley.

This Saturday Dana gets a chance at history in the state meet, and a chance at a perfect 10 for 10.

“I am really excited for the opportunity,” said Feyen. “I think I can run with some of the state’s top runners. We will see how it goes.”

“It is tough to predict that because there are some fine runners in this state, but I would not bet against her,” said Foley.

The Division 2 girls state race is set for Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.