Sports Spotlight on Kelsie Silvernagel | VideoScott Westerberg | 5/16/2012
Main Street in Strasburg could double for any road in any small, Midwest town. What sets this strip of pavement apart from most, is what occupies the street besides cars and trucks, the Strasburg track team.
"It brings humor to all of our days. You`re in between working on a handoff and you have to walk over to the side to let a couple cars drive by, but it pretty fun. You can`t complain about it. We use what we have," Silvernagel said.
A lack of facilities hasn`t stopped the Clipper girls from competing with much larger schools. At last year`s state meet, Strasburg, population of just over 400, outscored Beulah, population 3,100.
"We talk about it a lot. Last year it was our motto, `From Main Street to the state track meet,` People see small Strasburg, we took seven to four girls to track meets, we`re placing in the top three or four. It`s kind of a neat little deal," said Strasburg Track and Field Coach Brent Kleinsasser.
A big reason why Strasburg can run with the big dogs is Silvernagel. The senior has qualified for state nearly 20 times in her career, all while practicing without track and field`s most fundamental feature.
"It rained the other day and we were trying to work on handoffs and three of us slipped on the tar. It`s just funny, silly things that happen and of course, you don`t want to trip cause there`s massive road rash," she said.
As impressive as she`s been in running events, Silvernagel is currently second in the state in the long jump. Just like with Main Street, practicing for field events takes some creativity as well.
"Once in a while before track meets, we get there early, she`s working on different things on the track cause she doesn`t get that here," Kleinsasser said.
"You get to a nice track and it just feels like heaven. You feel like you can run a hundred miles an hour compared to out here," Silvernagel said.
But out here one thing is made very clear. You don`t need a track to succeed at track.
Silvernagel says she`ll join the North Dakota State track & field team in the fall and she plans to red-shirt her first year.
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