Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Heather Kampf Wins USA Mile Road Championships; Manzano Wins Men's UPDATED With Video Links

Heather Kampf wins US Championship
Team USA Minnesota's Heather Kampf has won the women's USA Road Mile Championship in Des Moines in 4:34.62.

Leo Manzano won the men's title outkicking defending champ Garrett Heath Pat Casey. Manzano timed in  4:05.71. Casey in second in 4:05. 81. Heath in third in 4:06.39.

Full Results are HERE. Video of the woman's race is HERE, men's HERE. Interview with Heather Kampf is HERE, Garrett Heath interview is HERE, Travis Burkstrand interview HERE. Page of race videos and post/pre race interviews are HERE.
Top women's finishers.  Heather is the one with
the check.
Top nine men.  Garrett Heath, third from right; Travis Burkstrand, second from left.

Minnesota HS All Time List: Boy's 400

Fastest Smith quarter miler from Wayzata
2013 BESTS
47.56        Nate Roese             12     East Ridge 
47.89        Michael Smith          11     Wayzata                    
48.02        Nick Ebert               12     Chaska 
48.27        Emmanuel Egbujor   12     Champlin Park 
48.83        Brett Lawrence        11     Moorhead 
48.84        Kendall Strandlund  12     Christ’s HOF
48.92        James Smith             11     Wayzata 
49.11        Sam Johnson            11     Monticello       
49.17        James Paske             12     Hopkins 
49.24        Morris Dennis           11     Elk River  
[10]
49.29        August Ollrich           11    East Ridge 
49.46        Tyler Olson               12     Buffalo
49.59        Michael Thomas       12     Blooming Prairie 
49.63        Cody Sprenger          12     Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 
49.66        Riley Mudek              12     Esko 
49.81        Stephon Day                9    Simley
49.83        Travion Clark             12     Winona 
49.83        Karl Olsen                  11     Bloomington Jefferson 
49.85        Jakobi Jackson            10     Saint Paul Central 
[20]
50.11        Daron Dykes               12     Roseville Area  
50.13        Jake Huber                  12     Rocori 
50.14        Deion Harris                 11     Hibbing 
50.16        Akeem Sirleaf              10     North Saint Paul  
50.19        Jonathan Webb            10     Minnehaha Academy
50.23        Levi Kolke                   12     North Branch 
50.23        Queenan Ryan              12     Robbinsdale Armstrong 
50.28        Patrick Mendin             12     Blaine   
50.31        Greg Ober                    12     Glencoe-Silver Lake 
50.39        Demario Peterkin            9    Rush City 
[30]
50.46        Jacob Pederson            11     Yellow Medicine East  
50.47        Calvin Buesgens           11     Chaska 
50.58        Tim Infinger                  11     Little Falls  
50.59        Jacob Ojile                   12     Spring Lake Park                         
50.64        Paul Akintade               12     Saint Paul Highland Park
50.69        Makao Day                  12     Stillwater Area 
50.69        Mark Fruechte              12     Fairmont                                        
50.73        Ky'eric Baynes             10     Anoka 
50.73        Matt Tessmer                12     Minnesota Valley Lutheran
50.77        Justin Bader                   12     Minnetonka  
[40]
50.81        Mckay Carstens             11     Rochester Lourdes  
50.84        Chris Pierson                 12     Wayzata                            
50.85        Bryce Johnson                 9    Breck 
50.85        Peter Warren                  12     Cook County  
50.91        Sasha Galka                  11     Rockford  
50.93        Luke Schneeman            12    Saint Thomas Academy
50.96        Connor Behm                 11     Duluth Denfeld 
51.02        Tyler Beehler                  11     Foley                       
51.02        Darrick Jackson             11     Red Wing      
51.09        Sam Remine                  12     Kasson-Mantorville 
[50]
51.10        Charles Fatunbi              11     Coon Rapids  
51.13        Christopher Halden         12     Redwood Valley  
51.13        Carey Rezac                  11     Brainerd  
51.25        Francesco Dicaprio         12     Saint Paul Academy
51.25        Xavier Bailey                  11     Hopkins  
51.31        Tommy Weigel               12     Farmington  
51.31        Grant Taylor                   10     Lakeview    
51.32        Michael Allen                  12     Rochester Century 
51.32        Austin Carlson                11     Park Rapids Area 
51.33        Jackson Richards           12     Totino-Grace 
[60]
51.40        Austin Pelkey                 12     Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 
51.44        Jonah Remker                12     Owatonna  
51.46        Leron Norton                  10     Eastview  
51.46        Tanner Grubb                 11    Farmington                  
51.46        Tyler Lerbakken              12    Farmington
51.51        Leo Wiagbe                    12     Osseo 
51.54        Zach Grieves                 12     LeSueur-Henderson    
51.55        Steven Cotter                12     Andover  
51.55        Gabriel Galamue             11     Osseo       
51.57        Matthew Boettcher          11     Saint Cloud Tech 
[70]
51.61        Michael Garfield              12     South Saint Paul  
51.61        Tony Moga                     11     Mounds View
51.64        Elijah Knutson                 10     Saint Cloud Apollo     
51.65        Derek Wiebke                12    Kasson-Mantorville    
51.66        Kenny Reed                   11     Minneapolis North Community
51.69        Jhony Blanco                 11     Prior Lake
51.72        Daniel Kropidlowski      12     Cambridge-Isanti
51.76        Jake Walden                  11     Maple Grove 
51.77        Shane Ringkob               12     Eagan 
51.79        Benny Jones                  12     White Bear Lake Area 
                               

2013 STATE MEET CLASS AA

1 Nathan Roese, 12, East Ridge                 47.56
2 Michael Smith, 11, Wayzata                   47.89 
3 Nick Ebert, 12, Chaska                       48.02 
4 Emmaneul Egbujor, 12, Champlin Park          48.27 
5 James Smith, 11, Wayzata                     48.92 
6 August Ollrich, 11, East Ridge               49.37 
7 Tyler Olson, 12, Buffalo                     49.73 
8 Sam Johnson, 11, Monticello                  49.74 
9 Morris Dennis, 11, Elk River                 50.41 
 
2013 STATE MEET CLASS A
1 Kendall Strandlund, 12, Christ's Hhold Faith 48.93 
2 Michael Thomas, 12, Blooming Prairie         49.59 
3 Cody Sprenger, 12, Long Prairie              49.63 
4 Riley Mudek, 12, Esko                        49.66 
5 Demario Peterkin, 9, Rush City               50.39 
6 Jack Thony, 12, Murray County Central        50.40 
7 Jonathan Webb, 10, Minnehaha Academy         50.78 
8 Greg Ober, 12, Glencoe-Silver Lake           51.24 
9 Jacob Pederson, 11, YellowMedEast/Echo       51.84 

400 METER ALL TIME BESTS

47.18        Quinn Evans, Mounds View  2007
47.56        Nate Roese, East Ridge  2013
47.59        Randy Melbourne, Minneapolis Washburn  1993
47.66        Tom Gerding, Waconia  1996
47.66        Adam Steele, Eden Prairie 1999
47.72        Scott Beadle, Moorhead  1993
47.78        Calvin Clark, Saint Paul Humboldt  2010
47.79        Owete Omodt, Roseville Area  2001
47.82        Austin Salargo, Hopkins  2012
47.86        Adam Freed, Duluth Marshall  1996
[10]
47.89        Michael Smith, Wayzata  2013
47.90        Aaron Buzard, Rochester Mayo  2002
48.02        Nick Ebert, Chaska  2013
47.8          Ryan Lamppa, Benson  1977 (48.1y)
48.06        Greg Kimbrough, Bloom Jefferson  1992
48.11        Jamal Alkins, Coon Rapids  2001
47.9          Fred Merrill, Orono  1969 (48.2y)
47.9          Mark Lutz, Rochester Mayo  1970 (48.2y)
48.14        Trent Riter. Mounds View  2001
48.22        Paul Otto, Edina East  1977 (48.50y)
[20]
48.23        Beau Bofferding, Marshall  2012
48.0          Tom Coles, Hutchinson  1977 (48.3y)
48.27        Emmanuel Egbujor, Champlin Park  2013

48.28        Riwan Alowonle, Park  2012
48.1          Leo Bond, Faribault School for Deaf 1972 (48.4y)
48.34        Eric Gebeke, White Bear Lake  2012
48.35        Frank Falzone, Stillwater Area  2010
48.36        Jerrell Hancock, Anoka  2007
48.42        Rashawn Fountain, Eden Prairie  2011
48.2          Steve Makie, Eden Prairie  1977 (48.5y)
[30]
48.48        Erik Hanson, Mesabi East  1996
48.49        Reece Vega, Dover-Eyota/Saint Charles  2002
48.50        Paul Harris, Woodbury  2004
48.54        Roy Allen, Saint Paul Highland Park  1990
48.54        Craig Kotsmith, Milaca  2002
48.55        Tim VanVoorhis, Apple Valley  1993
48.57        Kevin Bradley, Mounds View  2007
48.61        Brian Meyer, Bloom Jefferson  1997
48.61        Rashon Powers-Neal, Saint Paul Cretin-DH  2001
48.61        Hans Storvick, Mankato West  2004
[40]
48.62        Obai Hussein, Rosemount  2008
48.63        Rich Harkwell, Totino Grace  1984
48.63        Mike Thomas, Apple Valley  1989
48.4          Mitch Potter, Saint Michael-Albertville 1998
48.65        Ryan Noreen, Bloom Jefferson 1999
48.66        Zach Gearman, Burnsville  2010
48.68        Melvin Carter, Saint Paul Central  1997
48.68        E.J. Houston, Cretin-Derham Hall  2005
48.69        Wesley DeLong, Pillager  2012
48.70        Paul DeSalvo, Robbinsdale Armstrong  2010
[50]
48.71        Matthew Shannon, Minneapolis Washburn  2000
48.71        Troy Pollard, Saint Paul Highland Park  2009 
48.73        Jesse Posusta, Glencoe-Silver Lake  2005
48.74        Leon Cheneyon, Robbinsdale Cooper  2008
48.76        Dan Guelle, Hastings  2010
48.77        Robb Merritt, Hopkins  2000
48.78        Andy Wiberg, Totino Grace  1997
48.78        Ben Nauman, Rochester Mayo 1999
48.79        Diahn Zeon, Richfield  2008
48.80        Jason Bruce, Burnsville  1983
[60]

48.83        Jon Gibbs, Bloom Jefferson 1999
48.83        Brett Lawrence, Moorhead  2013
48.6          Ray Dunn, Edina  1966 (48.9y)
48.6          Charles Walker, Minneapolis Central  1973 (48.9y)
48.6          John Lawton, Minnetonka  1983
48.84        Steve Bangh, Albert Lea  1988
48.84        Andy Wohlin, Concordia Academy 1998
48.84        Kendall Strandlund, Christ’s Householf of Faith  2013
48.85        Shane Hall, Burnsville  1997
48.85        George Dudley, Hopkins  2007
[70]
48.87        Jason Max, Minnetonka 1989
48.87        Neuby Ras, Alexandria 1999
48.87        Adewole Adebayo, Rochester Century  2004
48.88        Chris Stoks, Virginia  2008
48.89        Cory Kessler, Saint Michael-Albertville  2007
48.91        Mark Bennett, Wayzata 1984
48.91        Tyrone Hale, Minneapolis Washburn  2000
48.92        Mark Jundt, Woodbury  2001
48.92        James Smith, Wayzata  2013
48.93        Lance Moen, Stewartville  2001
[80]
48.93        Eltedric Greenprice, Buffalo  2006
48.93        Derek Ludwig, Alexandria  2006
48.7          Mike Gilham, Saint Louis Park  1963 (49.0y)
48.7          Ron Watters, White Bear Lake  1968 (49.0y)
48.7          Pat Schultz, Owatonna  1981
48.7          Ken Rothenberger, Jordan  1984
48.7          Jim Grebin, Austin Pacelli  1984
48.97        Todd Lewis, Duluth East  1983
48.98        Dan Samion, Minnetonka  1991
48.98        Logan Stroman, Chaska  2006
[90]
49.00        Ray Spann, Edina  1984
49.00        Mitchell Hechsel, Apple Valleyn  2012
49.01        Trevor Mitchell, Stillwater  1997
49.01        Cody Stenberg, Monticello  2004
49.01        Harun Abda, Fridley  2009
49.01        Henry Darling, Austin  2010
49.02        Mitch Kostelecky, Woodbury  2004
49.02        John McCoy, White Bear Lake  2011
49.03        Ryan Murray, Saint Thomas Academy  1990
48.8          Bill Stock, Rochester Mayo  1981
[100]
48.8          Mike Murphy, Frank Kellogg  1985
48.8          Clem Dabney, Saint Paul Highland Park  1986

JUNIOR BESTS
47.59        Randy Melbourne, Minneapolis Washburn  1993
47.66        Tom Gerding, Waconia  1996
47.78        Calvin Clark, Saint Paul Humboldt  2010
47.79        Owete Omodt, Roseville Area  2001
47.79        Nate Roese, East Ridge  2012
47.89        Michael Smith, Wayzata  2013
47.90        Aaron Buzard, Rochester Mayo  2002
47.9          Fred Merrill, Orono  1969 (48.2y)
48.17        Scott Beadle, Moorhead  1992
48.18        Austin Salargo, Hopkins  2011

SOPHOMORE BESTS
48.0          Tom Coles, Hutchinson  1977 (48.3y)
48.38        Michael Smith, Wayzata  2012
48.76        Nate Roese, East Ridge  2011
48.88        Calvin Clark, Henry Sibley  2009
49.02        Mitch Kostelecky, Woodbury  2004
49.06        Aaron Buzard, Rochester Mayo  2001
48.9          Fred Merrill, Orono  1968 (49.2y)
49.14        Tom Gerding, Waconia  1995
49.23        Mason Anderson, Apple Valley  1999
49.32        Jake Swedlund, Blaine  2005

FRESHMAN BESTS
48.71        Calvin Clark, Henry Sibley  2008
49.33        Ashton Allan, Mounds Park Academy  1996
49.37        Casey Grunewald, Barnesville/Rothsay  1996
49.72        Kevin Bradley, Mounds View  2005
49.81        Stephon Day, Simley  2013
49.8          Jeff Robinson, Minneapolis Central  1982
50.28        Mason Anderson, Apple Valley  1998
50.31        Eric Gebeke, White Bear Lake  2009
50.32        Cory Shufelt, Hutchinson  2005
50.33        Owete Omodt, Roseville Area  1999

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boston Strong-Meb Keflezighi

I met Meb Keflezighi many years ago on the Stanford track.  He had just finished winning the 5K, it was dark as the lights were on and all around Meb was a throng of people, more than two dozen, happily basking in the glow of his win.  "Who are all these people?" I asked.  They were members of the Keflezighi family and friends.

Over the years Meb has won more races, shared more victory celebrations, and made more friends.  On Monday, nearing his 39th birthday, he gained more followers by winning the Boston Marathon.  It was another improbable victory in an illustrious career that includes an Olympic silver medal and a New York City Marathon crown among his many triumphs.  Back when Americans won more frequently at the Boston Marathon, the late Boston Globe sports writer Joe Concannon used to ask other journalists and/or well known individuals in the sport to predict who would win and place in the annual trek from Hopkinton to downtown Boston.

If he had been around to go through that ritual this year, it's a safe bet that Meb would not have been at the top of anyone's list.  Meb has made a career of exceeding expectations.  From a silver medal in Athens in 2004 to becoming the first American in 27 years to win a New York City  men's title in 2011, and now Boston Marathon crown 31 years after Greg Meyer became the last American man to win, Meb has defied age and PR bias to race to wins in the marathon world's most prestigious events.  It's no accident that he has triumphed in conditions that require meticulous preparation, intelligent pacing, and challenging courses.

In an era when 2:04 and 2:05 marathons have proliferated among the Africans who now dominate the event, the refugee from Eritrea set his personal best on Monday of 2:08:37.  As Minnesotan Ron Daws used to preach, you need to study the Boston course and prepare for its unique challenges if you want to do well in Beantown.  In an era where many major marathons are on courses designed to improve the runners' chances to run fast times, Boston challenges the runners not only to be fit and healthy physically on race day, but to manage their energy wisely or suffer the consequences.

While Meb may not be the fastest marathoner on the planet, he may well be the smartest in how to manage his race, how to disperse his energy throughout to get the best result.  Marathoning, in essence, an exercise in energy management and Keflezighi has demonstrated again and again his proficiency in that skill.  His coach, Bob Larsen, who is, like Meb, an often underestimated jewel in the running world, is part of the impressive support team surrounding Keflezighi. (Runner Academy podcast on Larsen is HERE, interview with Larson starts at 6:28.  Larson is a Minnesota native.). San Diego residents Rich and Pat Levy have also been an important part of "Team Meb."  Levy, himself an accomplished athlete who ran for the University of Houston, will ride along with Keflezighi on a bike during long tempo runs.  He and his wife Pat have become members of Meb's extended family, providing support, friendship, and camaraderie in addition to help on training runs.

Meb's brother, Merhawi, manages his business affairs, and his wife Yordanos and two children ground him in life outside the sport.  Meb's win represents, perhaps, the biggest affirmation of the tag line for this year's event, Boston Strong.

Minnesota HS All Time List: Girl's 400

MSHSL final of Girl's 220.  Who is the winner?  She's on the 400 list.
Can you name the other three? Guesses accepted in comments.
Photo by Jim Ferstle
54.36 Vanessa Clarida Bloomington Kennedy 2001
54.60 Jane Oas Mound Westonka 1971
54.77 Paige Stratioti Duluth Central 2011
55.09 Sasha Davis Park Center 2010
55.09 Sade Pollard St. Paul Harding 2005
55.10 Christy Viste Rochester Mayo 1977
55.14 Bridget Sweeney Hopkins 2010
55.18 Lindsy Mattson Grand Rapids 2010
55.29 Heather Dorniden Rosemount 2004
55.62 Megan Linder Cretin Derham Hall 2013
55.67 Amber Affeldt Coon Rapids 1995
55.83 Ashley Tingelstad East Grand Forks 2008
55.91 Deborah Cordner St. Louis Park 1998
55.93 Anne Hillier Blake 2001
55.94 Kou Lougon Park Center 2001
55.95 Elizabeth Endy Minnetonka 2013
55.99 Jessica Mittelstadt Mankato West 1999
56.06 Shade Pratt Rosemount 2010
56.06 Jessica Shuster Mpls Washburn 1997
56.07 Renee Crep Bemidji 1987
56.10 Wren Schafer Buffalo Lake 1977
56.17 Lexy Brown Eastview 2008
56.17 Brieasha Hunter Cretin Derham Hall 2013
56.20 Jennifer Bell Bloomington Lincoln 1982
56.20 Anne Hills Mounds View 1984
56.22 Sue Chopskie Park Cottage Grove 1986
56.22 Malayshia George Breck 2011
56.27 Alex Citrowske Prior Lake 2011
56.28 Sophia Anderson Holy Angels 2013
56.29 Sandy Jorgensen Woodbury 2004
56.30 Dana Watts St. Paul Central 1978
56.31 Sue Faus Rocori 1987
56.33 Lisa Michkelson Burnsville 1988
56.44 Erica Dombro St. Paul Highland Park 2009
56.54 Laura Hermanson Burnsville 2004
56.55 Ruby Stauber Wayzata 2013
56.56 Heather Van Norman Windom 1988
56.62 Shanda Larsen Holdingford 2002
56.63 Kianna Carter Irondale 2012
56.64 Phillis Webb Osseo 2011
56.66 Nancy Golie Irondale 1985
56.69 Danijela Vicanovic Minnetonka 1985
56.71 Leighton Lerum Providence Academy 2009
56.73 Sophie Charlton Rochester Mayo 2008
56.73 AnnMarie Healy Providence Academy 2012
56.76 Trisha Schumacher Planview 1993
56.79 Kristi Kropp Anoka 1982
56.80 Cathy Anderson Stillwater 1980
56.80 Lisa Bublitz Winona 1979
56.80 Teresa Huberty South St. Paul 1979
56.81 Kelsey Conrad Robbinsdale Cooper 2006
56.84 Emily Bartusek Albert Lea 2000
56.85 Niki Martineau Park Cottage Grove 1993
56.90 Tara Kazemba Winona 1977
56.90 Jennifer Pietenpol Rochester Mayo 1981
56.91 Kristi Buerkle Forest Lake 2007
56.91 Jeanne Kruckeberg Blooming Prairie 1983
56.94 Cassie Toepfer Egan 2006
56.94 Haylie Zenner Fergus Falls 2011
56.95 Collen Everson Murray Cnty Central 2008
56.96 Laura Mottaz Maple Grove 2004
56.99 Elizabeth Hemsworth Sauk Centre 2012
57.00 Deanne Olson Elbow Lake 1977
57.00 Stacy Slapnicher Bemidji 1981
57.01 Nikki Swenson Dawson Boyd 2007
57.02 Jessica Smith Mankato East 2005
57.03 Megan Geyen Watertown Mayer 2006
57.03 Maureen Leonard Minnetonka 1986
57.03 Carol Peterka St. Cloud Apollo 1980
57.04 Kelsey Leonard Hermantown 2006
57.10 CeeCee Cox Mounds View 1974
57.10 Barb MacLeod Moorhead 1975
57.10 Amanda Mueller Forest Lake 2001
57.10 Kris Rens Little Falls 1977
57.12 Karma Suttles Mankato West 1988
57.13 Karen Ryan Chaska 1986
57.14 Kaitlyn Marsolek Bemidji 2004
57.15 Alana Eason Champlin Park 2008
57.15 Kelsey Ostberg Visitation 2002
57.17 Jenny Higgins Hutchinson 1996
57.18 Beth Johnson Mahtomedi 1994
57.20 Amber Bohman Park Rapids 1993
57.20 Sarah Parks Owatonna 1981
57.21 Temi Ogunrinde Park Cottage Grove 2011
57.23 Ann Marie Healy Providence Academy 2011
57.27 Katherine McQuin Mankato West 1998
57.27 Temi Ogundrinde Park Cottage Grove 2012
57.29 Kris Berg Burnsville 1998
57.29 Liz Tracy Mankato West 2001
57.30 Kathy Merkel Eleveth 1977
57.30 Jane Timm St. Peter 1984
57.32 Kyndal Hargrow Blake 2003
57.32 Diana Hassell Anoka 1996
57.33 Paula Behrendt Rush City 1981
57.39 Brooke Campbell Lakeville North 2007
57.39 Laura Schnitker Maple Grove 2009
57.40 Laura Hernke Cannon Falls 1979
57.40 Frani Loftness Winona 1983
57.40 Meri Schwartz Red Wing 1989
57.41 Denise Bullocks Mt. St. Benedict 1981