Sunday, November 19, 2017

U-Mary Runner-up, UMD 15th in Women's Team Race at NCAA DII XC Championships

U-Mary women's team celebrate 2nd place finish
NCAA DII women's results HERE
U-Mary women's summaries HERE and  HERE
The runners' view of an NCAA trophy HERE

UMD Women 15th in the team race. Summary HEREMen's results HERE. UMD Men's summary HERE.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

NCAA DI XC Results

Gopher women's team
photo by Justin Casterline
NCAA DI XC Women's Results HERE. Photos HERE, Summary HERE
Emma Benner 120th in 20:52.4
Women's Team Results HERE(click on Team Scores).

Men's Results HERE: Matt Welch 46th  in 30:09.7;
Joe Klecker 67th in 30:24.4; Wayde Hall 93rd in 30:36.6
Men's Team Results HERE

Carleton 5th in NCAA DIII Women's Team Race; St. Olaf 21st, St. Thomas 22nd.

  Women's Results HERE. Carleton women's summary HERE; St. Olaf HERE; St. Thomas-no summary available
Men's Results HERE Carleton 10th, Summary HERE

Regeneration of muscle fibers: The breaking and making of healthy adult human skeletal muscle

Research on regeneration of muscle fibers: The breaking and making of healthy adult human skeletal muscle HERE

Monday, November 13, 2017

NCAA DI Women's National Coaches' Poll

                                                 NCAA DI Women's National Coaches' Poll
                                                                              HERE

NCAA DIII All Region XC Selections

NCAA DIII All Region XC Selections
HERE

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Wayzata Teams Sweep NXR Heartland Championship Regionals

NXR Heartland Regionals Results: Girl's and  Boy's Championship races HERE
Wayzata Boy's Team
Edina Girl's Photo by Lance Elliott


Hopkins

Another Wayzata Double

After winning the team title at the MSHSL Cross Country Championships, Wayzata's Boy's and Girl's teams added the NXR titles to their "resume." The triumphs mean that both teams will be competing again on December 2,  attempting to win  NXN titles.
Wayzata State Champs

"We've had that goal(to attempt to win another NXN title) all year," said coach Dave Emmans.  "It's become sort of built into our culture."  Having that goal is important, said Emmans, because it can be intimidating for most teams to think about what has become high school cross country's National Championships."

Not every team or every runner can cope with such a lofty goal.  It helps that the Wayzata girls team won that title in 2014, which demonstrated to members of the Wayzata teams that followed  that it was possible.  That win makes it a bit less intimidating and a goal that can be absorbed into the program, part of the culture.

To meet the challenge at NXN requires both physical and mental "toughness."  It makes for a long season and requires that the team is able to be able to peak at the right times.  Just winning a State championship is a major accomplishment for most teams, so extending the season and being able to perform at a high level in different settings are necessary.

"We don't race a lot," said Emmans.  The reason being that each race has its own goal, part of the building blocks of a successful championship season.  The Griak Invitational, for example, is on the team's schedule because it is a chance for the team to compete in a large field of talented athletes.  Late season races, such as the MSHSL Cross Country Championships is a similar challenge, as is the the NXN meet.

The larger field and high caliber athletes requires that the runners must follow a plan and have the ability to to "run their own race" instead of being distracted by others.  When asked about how things went after this year's Griak, Emmans replied that he was very proud of how the team responded to the challenge.  They maintained that high level throughout the season, said Emmans.

They were able to stay consistent, performing  well every meet instead of having a good race on one outing followed by a less satisfactory one.  At Griak, for example, instead of panicking in the big field, the girls were able to follow the race plan, to run their own race, not get caught up in what the other teams were doing.

That was important because they had a "young, but very smart(4.0 in the classroom as well as accomplished on the field of play.) athletes  The 2014 team had a leader, Anna French, who, Emmans said, led the team to the title.

This year's group has lot of   "really potentially good runners." coming into their own, said Emmans.  They've demonstrated that they are capable of doing great things.  Their confidence has grown with each performance.

Now there is but one more "mountain" to climb and opportunity to do something special.  NXN is the goal of just about any talented team in the US and a new experience than most teams never get.  The athletes are treated well, but  the  "hospitality"can be distracting.  The key being to enjoy the atmosphere, but also adhere to the reason for all the work done to get to this point.  To be a "Podium team," said Emmans, and if all goes well repeating being on the top of that podium.


THE BOY'S
"This was a special group of guys, says Wayzata boy's coach Mark Popp.  "Good guys coming into their own." It's a "scary" deep team with their tight pack being a "secret" to their success.  They've run more races than the girl's team and have had a similar consistency.  With the depth and talent they could "rest" and rotate the participants, but with that depth and consistency they had the luxury of having a high level of performance with whatever line-up was chosen.

The goal going into the season was to be a consistent "podium team", to be ready for Conference, Sectionals, and sharp for the MSHSL State Meet  Back off the training a bit after State, qualify for NXN.  They've followed that plan and had consistent performances all season no dips, just solid efforts in each outing.

As Section 6 AA is otherwise known as the" Section of death" because of the strength on the teams, you have to treat the meet as almost a mini State Meet because a dip in performance can result in the team becoming spectators for the MSHSL XC Championships.
Wayzata boy's 6AA Champions. Photo by Kraig A. Lungstrom

Another challenge was getting and keeping the team's number one runner Khalid Hussein healthy.  The runner-up at the 2016 State XC Meet.  Hussein ran a 2:12 1600 in track season, but had an injury afterwards and got a slow start to cross country training.  Popp does a pre-race routine of talking with his runners, providing them with a road map of sorts as to individual's strengths and weaknesses and how to plan and execute the best possible strategy on race day.

With his mile speed Popp said that Hussein should stay in contact with the lead runners and have faith in his finish as Hussein would be a better "closer" than the others.  Hussein followed the plan to perfection, waiting until the last portion of the race to open up and break away from Roseville Area's Acer Iverson, who had tried to make a break away move on the hill with about a mile and a half to go in the race.  Hussein stayed in Iverson's shadow and began his charge for the finish on the downhill coming out of the woods. In the last 800 Hussein quickly opened up a gap between he and Iverson so Hussein could coast  after climbing the little hill within sight of the finish.

At the NXR Heartland Regional Meet Hussein finished third, three seconds out of first.  The spread between Hussein and the team's fifth runner was wider than at the State Meet.  Hussein got a late start to his training for the cross country season because he was recovering from an injury.  He and maybe the others may have been more fatigued as the State meet and NXR was eight days ago.

So the gap between NXR and NXN should give Hussein and his teammates plenty of time to rest and sharpen for the challenge ahead.  Like the girls, the Wayzata boys will try for a podium finish, and if everybody is "firing on all cylinders" a unique accomplishment of finishing the season with another  double.


NCAA announces 2017 Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships qualifiers

NCAA announces 2017 Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships qualifiers

Saturday, November 11, 2017

USATF MN JO XC Championships Results

USATF MN JO XC Championships Results HERE

Gopher Men's Midwest Regional Photo Album

Obsa Ali(13th) 
Photos by Gene Niemi

Connor Olson(25th) 

Gopher pack:. Connor Olson, Charlie Lawrence(74th), Erin Ferlic(37th), Alec Basten(29th)


Obsa Ali on his way to a new school XC 10K record

USATF Minnesota Cross Country Open & Masters Championships Results

USATF Minnesota Cross Country Open & Masters Championships Results HERE

Gopher Women's Team Earn Spot at Nationals



        Gopher Women's Team Earn an "At-Large" Entry
                   to the NCAA XC Finals HERE

Megan Hasz(5th), Madeline Strandemo(6th), and Bethany Hasz(7th) on the award stand
                                                
Photos by Gene Niemi

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Baily Ness(108) cresting the hill
Abby Kohut-Jackson(106) in the pack


Friday, November 10, 2017

Minnetonka High School is currently taking applications for the Head Boys’ Track and Field Coach position for the upcoming 2018 season.

Minnetonka High School is currently taking applications for the Head Boys’ Track and Field Coach position for the upcoming 2018 season.  If interested, contact Activities Director Ted Schultz at 952-401-5901 or Ted.Schultz@minnetonkaschools.org

NCAA DIII Regional Championships Preview

NCAA DIII Regional Championships Preview
HERE

ALI BREAKS SCHOOL 10K RECORD AT NCAA MIDWEST REGIONAL


ALI BREAKS SCHOOL 10K RECORD AT NCAA MIDWEST REGIONAL
HERE

Gopher women 3rd in NCAA Regions

Gopher Women 3rd at Regions
HERE

Joe Klecker Wins NCAA Individual Mountain Region Title

Joe Klecker Wins NCAA Individual Mountain Region Title
HERE