Marissia Hagedorn might not be tall in stature, but don't let her size fool you.
This Blue Earth Area High School senior is an athletic dynamo who can soar to great heights.
And, her athletic career is going to continue after graduation next month.
Marissia Hagedorn signs a letter of intent to compete in track and field at South Dakota State University during a signing ceremony attended by her parents Darren and Kimberly, as well as other family members.
On Tuesday, Hagedorn signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field at South Dakota State Univerity next year.
"I'm going to compete in pole vault and anything else they want me to do," Hagedorn says.
The Buc trackster has been a star in the pole vault and the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.
Last year she competed at the State Track Meet, taking home a second place finish in the pole vault.
"I went 10-feet-9," she says. "My personal record is 11 feet. I'm hoping to get back to State this spring and do even better than last year."
Hagedorn also took sixth in State last year in the 300 meter hurdles.
This spring she competed in the Elite Track Meet at Hamline University, where she took fourth in the pole vault, sixth in the 300 meter hurdles and ninth in the 100 meter hurdles.
She also is a reason the BEA Buccaneer girls track team was headed back to the True Team State Meet for the seventh time, this past Saturday, May 19.
She not only competed in her three usual events, but also was a member of the 4 x 400 meter relay team.
Besides track, the Buc senior also competes in cross country in the fall and in gymnastics in the winter.
This past season, Hagedorn threw her back out at a gymnastics competition.
"I guess I had a joint dislocated in my back," she says. "It was separated."
That injury took some time to heal and held her back from post season competition in gymnastics.
"It has been healed and back to normal now," she says. "But I did feel a little pull just yesterday."
Hagedorn says she is very excited to be headed to SDSU next year.
"It is a very nice school," she says. "It reminds me of Blue Earth Area, because it is small and everyone is so friendly."
She has some first hand experience with the school because her older brother, Travis, attends the college located in Brookings, S.D.
"The track coaches are all very kind and are concerned about each player," Hagedorn says. "I'm real excited to go there and participate with the team." Her BEA track coach, Tom Plocker, has no qualms about her future college career.
"It has been fun to see Marissia's progress over the years," he says. "She was this twerpy little kid who developed into this super athlete. Marissia has also become a very tenacious competitor, and this is going to help her go far in college."
Hagedorn's parents, Darren and Kimberly Hagedorn of Blue Earth, were at the signing ceremony on Tuesday at the BEA gym. So was her brother, Travis, and her two younger sisters, Melissa, a sixth-grader and Meredith, a ninth-grader at BEA.
Besides her family and her track coach, a lot of her track teammates were also in attendance to show their support.
"I want to thank my coaches, especially Mr. Plocker, and all my teammates for all their support," Hagedorn said during the ceremony. "We have a really good team here at Blue Earth Area."
Hagedorn is not just a super athlete. She has excelled in all areas of school life, as exemplified by the fact that she was chosen as the girl Triple A Award recipient at BEA this year.
She received that award not just for her athletic prowess, but also for her work in the arts and her academics.
Hagedorn is one of BEA's 42 senior honor students, earning a silver cord which means her high school grade point average is over 3.5.
"She is one of our great students here at Blue Earth Area," high school principal Jack Eustice says. "She has excelled in everything she does."