Cambridge-Isanti senior Kylie Baas will be heading west to St. Cloud State University next fall after she signed a scholarship agreement to compete in women’s track & field for the Huskies.
“I really like the head coaches at St. Cloud State. The university has a really good nursing program. I like the campus and look forward to next year,” said Baas as she explained her college choice at a March 18 signing-ceremony at CIHS. “I would like to thank my parents for all the support through the years. ‘Thank-you’s’ go to Coach Viesselman for persuading me to stay in track, to Coach Droubie for all the great encouragement and for being a great role model, and to Coach Lundeen for teaching me about the high jump and for pushing me to work hard.”
Baas has been the Bluejacket girls’ top high jumper the past few seasons. She also has competed in the triple jump and the 400. She may try more mid-distance running events this year, and C-I head girls coach Linda Droubie thinks the javelin would be a good college track & field fit for Kylie because of her extensive volleyball background.
“Kylie– you’re an amazing young woman. You’re well-rounded and very kind. You are defined by all that you have been involved in here at CIHS, and I am excited to watch you continue to grow at St. Cloud State,” spoke Coach Droubie. Adding with a laugh, “I heard from many people in the community how fast she can run on the treadmill at Snap Fitness. All that extra time she puts in says a lot about how dedicated she is to be the athlete she really can be.”
“Kylie has always been very competitive in nature. We’re very excited to see her continue on in athletics, and she’ll be able to make that part of her college life,” said Kylie’s mother, Ruth Ann Baas.
High jump event coach Clint Lundeen described Kylie, “I couldn’t ask for a better athlete to coach, as far as how coachable she is and her decision-making on and off the field. She is an awesome leader, the hardest worker and a very gifted athlete. It’s been an honor to coach her.”
• Kylie and the Bluejacket track teams competed April 2 at the Monticello Indoor Quadrangular. The April 5 Bluejacket True Team (outdoor) is postponed to May 10. The next event on the C-I track schedule is the April 9 home meet with St. Michael and Rogers.