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Former Elk Mound graduate excels at UW-River Falls

by Samuel Ripp

Emma Hayes, former Lady Mounders high school athlete, has taken her talents to UW-River Falls for the past three years.

Hayes participates in Cross Country and Track and Field for the Falcons.

“Emma is a lady of integrity with great work ethic, sportsmanship, and leadership, which is a few of UW-River Falls core values,” said Head Coach Danielle Douglas.

Hayes has shown being a college athlete is more than just participating and practicing, she helps with many community events to reach out and help others.

“Emma participates in community service activities with the team, which includes Habitat for Humanity, Big Brother, Big Sister Fun Run, and Trick or Can,” stated Douglas.

Emma has made big improvements in her time at River Falls by lowering her personal mile time by twenty-two seconds over the last two years and has also dropped ninety-six seconds off of her 6K time in Cross Country.

Emma’s Head Cross Country Coach, Chris Rombough sees a lot of hard work and determination being paid off by Hayes.

“Emma has represented UWRF at five of the last six WIAC Cross Country and Track and Field Championships and looks to be a top competitor for this year’s Cross Country team as well,” stated Rombough.

Emma will be entering her senior year at River Falls and will be looking to keep improving as she wraps up her collegiate career.