Elie Tuhn moved into the Baxter School District before his junior year.
Her first big impact in track and field came with the cross country team, but she also helped change the direction of the basketball program and also advanced to state competition in track and field.
Tuhn had options when it came to his sporting future, but running, for now, won out.
“I’ve considered basketball and it’s still not out of the question. I still have a lot to decide,” Tuhn said. moment, see how it goes and then go from there.”
Not only was it difficult to choose one sport over another. Tuhn said she only picked a school right before her official signing day, which took place earlier this month at Baxter High School.
She chose Simpson College, but the decision to go for Storm over Central College was a difficult one.
“It took me a long time to decide between those two,” Tuhn said. “It depended on the people I met. The teammates and the girls I hung out with. It was more comfortable.
Tuhn’s cross country career at Baxter included an appearance in state meet in both his junior and senior seasons.
She finished in 15th and last medal position among juniors and ranked 16th last fall. Tuhn has the fastest women’s 5k in school history.
In track and field, Tuhn qualified in the 1,500 and 3,000 meter races as a junior and senior. She placed eighth and won a state medal in the 3000 m as a junior and also finished 11th that season in the 1500 m. She holds the school record in both events.
“It all depends on his work ethic. She spends her time no questions asked,” said Baxter girls track and field coach Jason Aker, who recently resigned from his position. “She’s a quiet leader. She wants to do this and has set herself up to be able to do this.
Choosing track and cross country over basketball was tough, but Tuhn, an all-state hoops player, also said she made up her mind about the decision some time ago.
And indoor track season slips into the end of basketball season.
“What stands out the most is that she’s so determined and dedicated,” Baxter cross-country coach Dennis Vaughn said. “If I told her to climb Everest at a certain speed, she would try because that’s the kind of person she is.
“She’s very round. She’s a very good athlete, a very good student and she’s very outgoing.
Tuhn shared his signing day ceremony with fellow Baxter senior Rory Heer, who will play football at Loras College. They were Homecoming King and Queen and the gym was full of friends and high school teammates supporting them.
“Kids are drawn to both,” said Baxter High School principal and head football coach Rob Luther. “It was great to see so many people here.”
Tuhn said her main focus will be long distance when it comes to athletics at Simpson.
“I hope to compete right away. That’s the goal,” Tuhn said. “They have different distances in college, so it will be different. 5K is probably what I’m going to focus on.
Tuhn’s plan is to study primary education at Simpson. She also wants to eventually get into coaching.