Captains were selected this week by athletes and coaches for the Pella Dutch. For the boys, seniors Trey Behning and Walker Bell were selected, and the girls chose seniors Gracie Eggland and Kayli Hrdlicka.

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Trey Behning was consistently the Dutch’s #2 runner last season. He has run a personal best of 17:22 on a 5K course. Trey has also distinguished himself on the Pella Track and Field team, qualifying for state in the 1600m the past two seasons, and has run the 10th fastest 1600m time in school history (4:44).

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Walker Bell was regularly the Dutch’s #1 runner last season. He finished 7th at the 2005 District meet and has a personal best of 17:08 on a 5K course. During the past track and field season, Walker qualified to state in the 3200m and has the ninth fastest time in school history in that event (10:33).

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Gracie Eggland led the girls’ cross country team last season with several top ten finishes. She was the Dutch’s lone qualifier to the state meet during her sophomore year finishing 8th at the district meet. Last season she was hampered by an injury late in the year. She ran a personal best of 16:03 last season on a 4K course.

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Kayli Hrdlicka finished 2nd for the Lady Dutch much of last season. She had a personal best of 17:19 on a 4K course in 2005. She is also a tremendous track and field athlete at Pella, qualifying in numerous events for the state meet. She considers her speciality the 400m.