While high school athletes in Wisconsin are waiting for the start of the spring sports season, including track and field athletes, Northland Pines freshman Nora Gremban was eligible and able to take part in the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) USA Meet Of Champions.

The meet was held March 25-28 at the 6,500-capacity Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, South Car.

The Meet of Champions is a USA Track & Field-sanctioned event open to high school and middle-school athletes based on meeting qualification guidelines. Gremban competed in the open freshman division which did not have necessary entry guidelines, but instead was open to the first 24 individuals to register nationwide.

In the 800-meter freshman final, Gremban was challenged by Tiffany Oliver from Washington D.C., Kate Burrus from Maryland and Esme Daplyn from Connecticut.

Daplyn held an early lead with a 400-meter time of 1:06.59, about three seconds ahead of Gremban at the completion of the first lap. That’s when the Pines’ freshman reeled Daplyn in, passing her and then sprinting away to win by more than a second with a time of 2:17.55.

That time was impressive, and would set a new 800-meter record at Pines by more than 11 seconds.

After winning the 800-meter event Thursday, Gremban then took part in the girls freshman mile race Friday afternoon meeting Burrus again along with Maryland freshman Caroline Collins.

Gremban dominated from start to finish, leading from the opening lap as she crossed the line in a winning time of 5:06.91, nearly 15 seconds ahead of Collins in second place.

That time too would be good enough to set a new Northland Pines school record.

With no indoor prep season scheduled this spring, Gremban and the rest of the Northland Pines girls track and field team will begin scheduled workouts April 19, with the first date of competition set for April 27.