In more ways than one, nobody set the bar higher than Andrea (Smith) Patten.
The 2004 Bemidji High School graduate exited the girls track and field program as one of the most decorated athletes in school history, walking away with three individual state championships and a Minnesota state record to boot.
“I felt really lucky to go to a high school where they supported academics and athletics,” Patten said. “I worked hard, but there were also people there who made it possible. … I feel like I did some work, but I think more people did more work than I did.”