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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.

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.

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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.