Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gelle Replaces Daymont at St. Olaf

Andrea Gelle, a 2007 graduate of St. Olaf College, has been named the school's new head women's track and field coach, replacing Chris Daymont who coached the Ole women from 1976 to 1981 and from 1986 until this year.

Gelle (pictured above) returns to the Northfield school after two years at Apple Valley High School where she was the head girls' cross country coach, a track and field assistant, and a social studies teacher.


As an Ole athlete, Gelle was an eight-time letter-winner, earning four each in cross country and track and field. She earned NCAA Division III All-America honors in the 1,500-meters and was a national qualifier in the 800m in her final season.

Daymont (pictured below), who coached 29 Ole athletes to a combined total of 70 All-America finishes, including national champions, Leslie Seymour and Jayna Mathieu Paquin, will continue in her role as head women's cross country coach at St. Olaf.

"Chris Daymont has given her professional life for the betterment of St. Olaf student-athletes," St. Olaf athletic director Matt McDonald said recently. "Her impact on the track and field program at St. Olaf cannot be measured."

Read a retrospective of Daymont's track and field coaching career, HERE.

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