Last season, Century finished second at state to Fargo Davies. But Davies graduated a lot of seniors and Century was fairly young, so the gap could be closing. The Pats are looking for a big year out of junior Hannah Dschaak.
The 2019 season could be a year Hannah Dschaak never forgets.
“How she has grown over the last year,” head coach Brennan Doan said. “I think she is really turning into a positive leader for this team.”
Hannah runs the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes. She thinks the 400 is her best event.
“I’m up for a challenge,” Dschaak said. “The 400 is obviously a very hard race and it works your body a lot.”
Hannah and her coach Brennan Doan think she has the techniques down, but there are other areas she wants to improve.
“I’m pretty confident in all of them,” Dschaak said. “I guess I do need to work on relaxing versus tensing during a race, but other than that I think I’m pretty good.”
That’s a goal that is easier said than done. Especially, in the heat of the moment and in the middle of a competition.
“It does slow down your body a lot,” Dschaak said. “You tighten up and you become slower. Your body is yearning for that oxygen and you don’t have it.”
At State, Hannah finished third in the 400 and fifth in the 200. So this offseason she spent time in the weight room.
“I’m working on my strength because I do lack in that aspect of it,” Dschaak said.
While Hannah thinks more muscle might help, her head coach thinks her biggest strength is in her mind.
“It’s her will power,” Doan said. “It comes down to the end of the 400 and she’s one of the mentally strong girls that can finish the end of the race.”
Today, Hannah and the Century Patriots competed in the NDSU State indoor meet in Fargo.