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Athlete of the Week- Duluth East’s Allie Niska

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Duluth, MN-- This week's honoree is a tenth of a second from breaking several school records in her career as she heads out of the Twin Ports and buckles up for Bison country.

It's when that pistol fires, and there's no turning back… it's full steam ahead. For the track star, Allie Niska, it's about more than just finding the finish line. Her love and passion for the sport are on full display when she steps on the track and lights it up.

It was just four years ago when freshman Allie Niska put pen to paper as she wrote out her personal goals for track & field. Today she turned a dream into a reality as she signed her National Letter of Intent to Division 1 North Dakota State University.

Niska has not grown up racing around the track. In fact, for most of her life, you would find her center stage as a dancer and on-center field playing soccer, but the decision to pursue track & field full-time was a no-brainer. She credits her dad and her uncles for their influence today.

Life in the fast lane isn't all Niska knows.

She has learned to slow down long enough to leave several positive imprints throughout her High School career. She has a strong desire to make a difference as she has demonstrated her school spirit on all cylinders.

Niska, a two-year captain and leader by example, rookie of the year, MVP of her sophomore season, sections champion, prom committee president, secretary for National Honor Society, and a 4.0 student, is among the long list of varied accomplishments and interests on Niska's resume.

Her recent crowing of "Miss East" is another piece of evidence that embodies everything a student-athlete is at Duluth East.

These accomplishments and rich experiences that Niska has had here in the Northlands make for a true testament of who she is and the mark that she leaves.

Her Coach Bob Teresi says there will be big shoes to fill when she graduates this year.

Allie Niska is ready to run her races with seven weeks left in the season and break those records in the 100m, 200m, and 400m dash. Teresi believes that she will break those in the next few weeks, giving her momentum at state to break her own records.

However, breaking records is not the only thing on Niska's mind as she turns a page in her student-athlete career. Molding memories and making relationships is something she holds at a high value too.

She wants to be remembered as an all-around role model, her kindness, love for school, and being a friend to everyone.

She plans to major in biology at NDSU this fall to become a pediatrician because she loves kids.

Be kind, have fun and run fast!

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