Anderson following in sisters’ footsteps

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor

Anderson following in sisters’ footsteps

By Mike Bellmore

Journal Features Editor

An Anderson will return to the Leeds High School cross country program this fall.

After years of Krista and Lindsey Anderson  dominating the sport not only locally, but state-wide, younger sister Alyssa will join the ranks as her team's lone competitor thus far.

The 13-year-old eighth grader will be coached by her father, George.

It will offer the Anderson family a welcome opportunity to begin following the sport they had so much success with after Alyssa sat out last season.

“She told us she wasn't interested,” her mother, Karen recalls. “But then  she came to us in March and told us she wanted to be in track, so we were pretty excited.”

Lindsey, her older sister, is running cross country at the University of Iowa, and in the midst of her sophomore season.

Krista is finishing up an injury-riddled career and is scheduled for student teaching in December as she works toward a degree in elementary education.

“She had some injuries,” Karen adds. “But she's pretty excited about finishing up and beginning her teaching career.”

LeAnn Anderson, the eldest of four girls in the family, is married to Cal Ihry, a former Devils Lake athlete.

Karen says Lindsey has done OK in Iowa.

“It's pretty intense at that level,” she cautions.

No boys have expressed an interest in competing as of yet in cross country, but that could change yet.

Alyssa, at 5-foot-8, is the tallest of the girls but also the youngest. She also plays basketball.

“We've got another one to follow now,” Karen smiles. “We had nobody last year and I think Alyssa should have a pretty good idea of how much work is involved after seeing what her sisters went through.”