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G-E-T's Dana Feyen

G-E-T junior Dana Feyen (middle) has been named Wisconsin's Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. She is a two-time WIAA Division 2 state champion in cross country and won the Division 2 3,200-meter run as a sophomore at the state track and field meet.

NATE BEIER, Special to the Tribune

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School junior Dana Feyen has been named Wisconsin's award as the Gatorade girls cross country runner of the year.

Feyen is a two-time WIAA Division 2 cross country champion after winning the race for a second time last October. Her time of 18 minutes, 39.68 seconds was 13 seconds faster than runner-up Laura Beghin of Wisconsin Dells and fifth-best that day after the top four Division 1 runners.

Feyen has competed in three state cross country meets and began her career with a second-place finish and time of 19:00.09 as a freshman. She came back and won as a sophomore with a time of 18:26.48.

Feyen ran the best cross country time of her career at the NXR Heartland Regional in Sioux Falls, S.D. last November. Her time of 17:42.2 there was 15 seconds faster than Division 1 state champion Peyton Sippy of Janesville Craig.

Feyen is also a decorated competitor in track and field. After placing second in the 3,200-meter run (10:48.39) and third in the 1,600 (5:04.97) as a freshman, Feyen came back to win the 3,200 (11:19.04) and place second in the 1,600 (5:09.07) as a sophomore.

Gatorade will donate $1,000 to a sport-based organization of Feyen's choosing for winning the award.


Assistant Sports Editor

Todd Sommerfeldt has covered sports for the La Crosse Tribune since 2003 after doing the same previously in the Fox Cities and Rock County.