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Grinsteinner: a Titan leader

Katelyn Grinsteinner was always an integral part in relays for the Dickinson Trinity girls track and field team.

It was a long wait until the senior’s individual events started to take shape.

“Katelyn is very dedicated to this sport,” Dickinson Trinity co-head coach Andrew DesRosier said. “I’ve been impressed with how team-oriented she is. She’s always there for the team first, for every year she’s been with us. She’s very valuable around the track.”

Grinsteinner enters the North Dakota Class B state track and field meet competing in the 800-meter dash as well as in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays. She also qualified in the open 400, but won’t compete in the event due to the four-event limitation.

In her final state meet, Grinsteinner wants to enjoy every second of it.

“For a lot us, it’s our last meet,” Grinsteinner said. “We’ve been running together for quite a while and we want to go out there, run some of our best times and have fun one last time.”

Grinsteinner has the fifth-best time in Class B in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 24.58 seconds. In the three relays Grinsteinner will be running, the Titans have top 10 times in each. Trinity has the second-best time in the 1,600 relay (4:11.34) and third-best in the 3,200 relay (10:11.33).

During her junior season, Grinsteinner placed runner-up in the open 800 and helped the 3,200 relay take fourth during the 2013 state meet.

DesRosier said Grinsteinner has an innate ability to have fun yet hard working practices.

“It’s an interesting thing with Katelyn, because it’s a tale of two girls,” he said. “She’s a very carefree girl, but if you give her a task or an event and she knows very well what it takes to succeed. She has that determination to succeed.”

Grinsteinner couldn’t be happier with her high school career. She said it will be a special moment to compete as a Titan for two more days.

“This track season has been special,” she said. “We’ve worked hard, we’ve trained hard every practice and we are excited to go out to the state tournament.”