Hailey Lundquist is Athena Award winner
Hastings High School athlete Hailey Lundquist is this year's Athena Award winner.
The Athena Award recognizes female athletes for their athletic accomplishments. Winners across the St. Paul metro area, including Lundquist, were recognized at an awards program April 17.
Lundquist is a three-sport athlete. She plays softball, tennis and hockey. In softball, her accomplishments include: three-time letter winner, All State 2012, All Conference 2011 and 2012, All Metro team 2011 and 2012, All Section 2011 and 2012, Team Offensive MVP 2012, Team Defensive MVP 2012 and team captain in 2013. She has earned a scholarship to play Division II softball at the University of Minnesota - Duluth.
Lundquist is a three-year letter winner in hockey. In tennis, she was All Conference in 2011 and 2012, earned honorable mention All Conference in 2009 and 2010 and has the school's fourth-highest all-time career wins with 59.
Hastings softball coach Dean Robinson said this of Lundquist:
"I have had the privilege of coaching Hailey in the sport of softball for the past four years. Hailey has been a great force for the softball program since she was a freshman. Hailey was outstanding during our state championship run in 2011. She roams the outfield and has really become a team leader for the softball program. She is a multi-talented student athlete who strives for excellence in all she pursues."
He added, "She has been great this year keeping her teammates in check and staying motivated while we have been inside practicing, when normally this time of year we would have been outside for weeks."
Lundquist found out she won the award around the end of February.
"I was just so thankful and surprised," she said.
It's a good feeling, she said, to see her hard work recognized. She's been playing softball and tennis for about as long as she can remember, and started playing hockey in fourth grade. Her whole life, sports have played an important role.
"It's made me the person who I am," she said. "It taught me hard work and good sportsmanship."
Besides the emotional benefits, Lundquist recognized the physical benefits of being an athlete as well.
"I'm in really good shape," she said.
After she graduates, Lundquist will attend the University of Minnesota - Duluth, where she plans to play softball. She's thinking of studying sports journalism, she said.
Lundquist credited her coaches and parents for making her the athlete she is.
"Thank you to all my coaches and my parents for always supporting me," she said. "I just had the best role models as coaches and parents."