Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Heather Kampf's Latest Challenge

MSHSL's John Millea's feature on the new head girls XC coach at Apple Valley, Heather Kampf , who is also known on the pro running circuit as the Queen of the Road Mile.





Monday, August 14, 2017

State Cross Country Coaches Association Class A Rankings


                PRESEASON POLL
GIRLS’ TEAMS: 
1.       Annandale 
2.       Perham            
3.        Fairmont 
4.       Stewartville 
5.       Howard Lake/Waverly/W
6.       Minnehaha Academy 
7.       Luverne  
8.       Lanesboro/Fillmore Central   
9.       Pelican Rapids 
10      Lake City
11.     Eden Valley-Watkins/K
12.     Belle Plaine 
INDIVIDUALS:
1. Grace Ping               Cotter
2. Tierney Wolfgram Math&Science Acad.          
3.  Madeline Kelly         Providence Acad
4.  Marissa Whitehead   Martin County West
5.  Kira Sweeney             Staples-Motley
6.  Kayla Christopherson    Austin Pacelli
7.  Morgan Gehl     Murray County Cent.
8.  Makenna Thurston Lake Cyrstral WM/N
9.  Annika Aho          United North Cent.
10 Kailee Malone                 Stewartville
11.Katherine Geist                 Crookston
12.Kristine Kalthoff                    Albany

BOYS’ TEAMS:                           
1.       Perham                                    
2.       Mankato Loyola/Cleveland      
3.       Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop         
4.       Jordan                                      
5.       Minnehaha Academy                
6.       LaCrescent                           
7        Greenway/NK                          
8.       Lac Qui Parle Valley/DB          
9.       Annandale                               
10.     Mora                                        
11.     St. Cloud Cathedral
12.      Plainview-Elgin-Millville         
 INDIVIDUALS:                                 
1.       Declan Dahlberg   Mound Park Acad.
2.       Matt Steiger                     LaCrescent
3.       Ethan Olson              Moose Lake/WR
4.       Owen Keiser                            Jordan
5.       Keiser Freetley   Lac Qui Parle Valley
6.      Jebadiah Merkle            SW Christian
7        Geno Uhrbom              Greenway/NK
8.       Nick Meyer           Wabasha-Kellogg
9.      Jacob Bright          West Central Area
10.     Reid Pierzinski              Pequot Lakes
11.     Jake Paron                       North Shore
12.    Christian Sterton      Ada-Borup/NCW

Wayzata Boy's Time Trial

Wayzata Boy's Time Trial HERE

Boys AA Cross Country Rankings

Boys AA Cross Country Rankings
Minnesota Coaches Association
PRE SEASON (released 8/14/2017)
  
Teams:
1              Wayzata
2              Stillwater
3              Mounds View
4              Edina
5              Sartell
6              Minneapolis Washburn
7              Minnetonka
8              Chanhassen
9              Rosemount
10           Red Wing
11           White Bear Lake
12           Bemidji

Other Teams receiving votes:
Alexandria, Forest Lake, Hopkins, Willmar

Individuals:
1              Khalid Hussein, Wayzata
2              Joseph Minor, Washburn
3              Acer Iverson, Roseville
4              Grant Price, Wayzata
5              Max Manley, Edina
6              Benjamin Olson, Blaine
7              Luke Labatte, Rosemount
8              Isaac Basten, Buffalo
9              Trenton Allen, Eagan
10           Blake Buysse, Wayzata
11           Myles Fleming, Henry Sibley
12           Andrew Brandt, Wayzata

Other Athletes receiving votes:

Ryan Fernholz, Sartell; Owen Gage, Edina; Grant Matthews, Wayzata; Addison Stansbury, Stillwater; Austin Streit, Mounds View

NSIC Men's XC Preseason Coaches Poll

NSIC Men's XC Preseason Coaches Poll HERE

NSIC Women's XC Preseason Coaches Poll

NSIC Women's XC Team's Preseason Coaches Poll HERE

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fastest 100 Meters Analysis

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 AAU Junior Olympics Results


2017 AAU Junior Olympics results HERE

Minnesota Elite results
All Americans (12 athletes, 22 medals)
Sydney Jackson 6th 800, 8th 4x100 Relay, 8th 4x400 Relay
Brynn Sauer 5th 800, 1st 4x800 Relay
Kristyn Arends 2nd 800, 1st 4x800 Relay
Sanjay Redd 7th 100, 7th 200
Hemetii Si-Asar 6th Long Jump
T’Nia Riley 8th 100, 7th 200
Robbie Grace 6th 400, 2nd Long Jump, 8th 4x100 Relay, 8th 4x400 Relay
Shaliciah Jones 8th 4x100 Relay, 8th 4x400 Relay
Kyra Dalluge 8th 4x100 Relay, 8th 4x400 Relay
Parker Ellis 7th High Jump
Ava Pagnucco 1st 4x800 Relay
Sierra Arradondo 1st 4x800 Relay
Honorable Mention (9 athletes, 11 HMs)
Katelyn Tschida 11th Long Jump
Trinity Belmares 9th Javelin
Heather Ryan 18th 400 Hurdles
Dante White 13th High Jump, 12th Long Jump
Ethan Peal 12th 100, 10th 200
Hemetii Si-Asar 13th 800
Michael Braun 15th Triple Jump
Lexie Nelson 20th High Jump
Destiny Truly 9th Javelin

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

NCAA Stats on Participation in Sports during the last 5 years

USATF Minnesota June and July AOM

June and July Athletes of the Month

8/9/2017
Hassan Mead
MENDOTA HEIGHTS – Minneapolis native and former Gopher Track & Field/Cross Country star Hassan Mead won the U.S. title in the men’s 10,000 meters at June’s USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento California, earning him the honor of USATF Minnesota’s June Athlete of the Month. Mead, an 8x All-American and 9x Big Ten Champion for the Gophers, won the race with a time of 29:01.44 breaking Galen Rupp’s streak of eight consecutive USA 10,000 meter titles and in the process earned his ticket to represent the United States at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London this summer.

A 2007 graduate of Minneapolis South High School, Mead was the 2006 Minnesota State Cross Country Champion, as well as the 2006 Foot Locker Midwest Regional Champion, eventually going on to finish 4th at the Foot Locker National meet only 8 seconds behind the winner.

Gabriele Grunewald, a native of Perham, Minnesota and another University of Minnesota alumna, has had an inspiring and eventful summer. In March, only seven months after she had surgery to remove half of her liver, she was diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time in eight years. Choosing to put the cancer on hold and continue with her racing schedule this summer, Grunewald has garnered national attention and provided inspiration to thousands of runners across the U.S— and for that, she is USATF Minnesota’s June Athlete of the Month. Despite her recent diagnosis, Gabe qualified for and competed at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento in the 1500 meters in June.


While at the University of Minnesota, Grunewald got 2nd place in the 1500 meters at the 2010 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, earning her All-American status. During her time at Perham High School, Grunewald was a four time All-State performer in cross country and was the 2004 Minnesota State Champion in the 800 meters.

Ben Blankenship, from Stillwater, Minnesota, has had a series of great performances in the month of July, making him our July Athlete of the Month. During the TrackTown Summer Series, Blankenship placed 1st in the 1500 meters at the Portland meet and 3rd in the New York City Championship meet in the 1500 meters in a time of 3:35.29. Blankenship was also 10th in the London Diamond League 1500 meters and more recently won the 2017 GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Championship for the second year in a row.

Ben Blankenship
Photo by Gene Niemi

While in college at the University of Minnesota, Blankenship was the first Golden Gopher to break the 4-minute-mile barrier when he ran 3:57.83 at the University of Washington’s in 2010. Blankenship was also a 2x Big Ten Indoor Champion in the Mile and 1x Champion in the Distance Medley Relay, as well as the 2011 NCAA Indoor Runner-Up in the 3,000 meters and a 3x All-American during his collegiate career. Additionally, Blankenship was a 2x Minnesota State Champion at 1600 meters for Stillwater High School and led the Ponies to a 2nd place finish at the 2006 Minnesota State Cross Country Championships as well.

Heather Kampf, a 2009 graduate of the University of Minnesota, was injured and unable to compete in the early stages of the 2017 track & field season, but since then has been on quite the upswing with several notable performances in the month of July, making her the USATF Minnesota July Athlete of the Month. Kampf was 1st at the Ryan Shay Women’s Mile in a time of 4:30.83 on July 22nd, and later went on to place 4th in the 2017 GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on July 28th in a very deep field.

Heather Kampf

Kampf graduated from the University of Minnesota as the most decorated women’s track athlete in Gopher history as she was a 9x All-American. She is also the only Gopher to compete at every NCAA Championship meet in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track during their time at the University. Additionally, she was the 2006 NCAA Indoor Champion over 800 meters and holds nine Gopher school records. Originally from Inver Grove Heights, Kampf was a Minnesota State Champion in both the 800 meters and 400 meters while attending Rosemount High School.

We welcome your nominations!
To nominate an athlete for USATF Minnesota’s Athlete of the Month award, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to mskuzara@csbsju.edu with the subject line “Athlete of the Month Nomination”.

Fans can follow along with USATF Minnesota on FacebookTwitter, and online at www.usatfmn.org


Maxwell Kuzara
Athlete of the Month Committee Chair
USA Track & Field Minnesota
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St. Paul Pioneer Press Feature on Masters hurdles Champion Francis Shen

St. Paul Pioneer Press Feature on Masters  hurdles Champion Francis Shen HERE
Frances Shen(left)

More on Shen's athletic history HERE.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Barbora Špotáková Wins Women's Javelin

Gopher grad Barbora Špotáková Wins the Javelin
                                    Javelin results HERE Event summary HERE.
               


                 

Monday, August 07, 2017

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Justin Grunewald, Lisa Baumart Win MDRA 15K Titles

Justin Grunewald won the men's USATF Minnesota 15K Championships. Lisa Baumart the women's.  Results HERE.
Justin Grunewald(1st)(L) and Ben Sathre(2nd)(R)