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Danika Apple Will Run Track at St. Thomas

Danika Apple Will Run Track at St. Thomas

Senior Danika Apple recently committed to run Division 1 Track at the University of St. Thomas. She made the tough decision through a process of elimination and currently plans to major in either accounting or finance. 

There were numerous other schools Apple was interested in, but she was able to eliminate them during her decision process. She wanted a school that had less than 10,000 students, a strong business program and a rigorous track program that allowed her to connect with the coaches and the team. 

Being close to home was a major factor in her decision.  With St. Thomas being located in Minnesota, this was definitely a selling point for her. 

“Most of them I eliminated because they were too big, and when I got to my final choice, location closer to home was a big factor,” said Apple. 

Apple originally got involved with track in middle school because her mom did the sport when she was younger. One thing she loves about the sport is the challenge it gives her and how it has pushed her to new levels she didn’t think she could achieve. She also enjoys how she can improve as a member of a team. 

“It is good to challenge yourself on an individual level, but you’re still contributing as a member of the team,” said Apple. 

Although Apple is talented in many athletic areas, track will be her main focus. She ultimately chose this to eliminate other injuries or time spent away from track. Academics are also important to her, and this is something that she wants to prioritize for her future. 

“Gymnastics is a very demanding sport both in time, commitment and its impact on the body. I wanted to be able to balance sports while being able to focus on academics for my future,” said Apple. 

There are many things that she is looking forward to at college. She has already connected with the current track and field team members and new recruits. She is looking forward to her time at the college and the lessons she will learn along the way. 

“It has been really fun connecting with current team members and new recruits, so I am looking forward to new friendships and challenges,” said the senior.

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Frannie Wied, Staff Writer
Sophomore Frannie Wied is a ballet enthusiast who is a lover of all things to do with the arts. She takes interest in social justice and exploring new cultures and locations through traveling. She has a special curiosity in marine biology and environmental affairs. She also has a passion for unbiased journalism and reporting the truth.

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