Fargo North relay team’s close-knit past helping in winning runFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Passing a baton while running as fast as you can is one of the most difficult things in track. But when you've been handing it to the same person for years, it's almost second nature.
By: Trevor Peterson, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Passing a baton while running as fast as you can is one of the most difficult things in track. But when you've been handing it to the same person for years, it's almost second nature.
WDAY 6’s Trevor Peterson has the story of a unique, and hard-to-beat, girls relay team at Fargo North.
Winning relay races has become commonplace at Fargo North in recent years and there's good reason. It's been virtually the same group of girls since junior high.
Sophi Simonson, North Sr./Runs Third Leg: “We've been talking and say, ‘We've been doing this for years, we got this.’ It makes us confident.”
Aaron Walker, North Track Coach: “They're very experienced, very talented and most of all, a very competitive group. When they get the baton, it seems to light their competitive spirit.”
The quintet of Regina Nyanfor, Shaina Pfau, Toni Rodriguez, Sophie Simonson and Kira Larson combined to win three relays last year at state; the four by one, four by two and four by four.
Regina Nyanfor, North Sr./Runs First Leg: “We practice a lot but we're so used to each other. We have a feel for each other.”
Shaina Pfau, North Jr./Runs Second Leg: “Even outside the track we hang out and are with each other all the time.”
All five girls return this season; three are seniors, two juniors. They're hoping for one more memorable season, including another trio of relay titles at state.
Simonson: “We are hopeful, we're all getting better. I think we have a good chance.”
Pfau: “I hope we do it again and I think we will because we believe in each other.”
And they have a chemistry that can only be developed over time.