Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hassan Mead Wins NACAC Men's 5K

 In a tactical race, OTC Elite's Hassan Mead ran the last 400 meters in 54 seconds to win the NACAC Senior 5K 

Monday, August 13, 2018

STATE CROSS COUNTRY COACHES’ ASSOCIATION GIRLS' CLASS A RANKINGS

                               PRESEASON POLL

GIRLS’ TEAMS                          
1.       Perham                                      
2.       Cotter                               .          
3.        Luverne                                    
4.       Annandale                                
5.       Maple Lake                              
6.       Stewartville                         
7.       Belle Plaine                           
8.       Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball         
9.       Lake City                                  
10      West Central Area                    
11.     Howard Lake-Waverly-W         
12.     Fairmont     

 INDIVIDUALS  
 1.      Tierney Wolfgram    Math&Science Acad
2.       Lauren Ping                             Cotter
3.        Grace Ping                                Cotter
4.       Morgan Gehl     Murray County Cent.
5.       Tenley Nelson                       Luverne
6.       Makenna Thurston Lake CyrstralWM/N
7.       Marissa Whitehead Martin County West
8.       Ava Hill                         Mesabi East      
9.        Kayla Christopherson   Austin Pacelli
10      Emma Fashant                  Annandale
11.     Natasha Sortland                  ZMKW
12.     Kailee Malone                Stewartville                          

STATE CROSS COUNTRY COACHES’ ASSOCIATION BOYS' CLASS A RANKINGS

PRESEASON POLL 
1.       Geno Uhrbom  Greenway/NK
2.       Emmett Anderson      Staples-Motley
3.       Cooper Lennox                        Mora
4.       Jacob Bright           West Central Area
5.       Harris Anderson  Math&Science Acad
6.      Mitchell Johnstone    Mankato Loyola/C
7        Hunter Gowin           Breckenridge/W
8.       Luke Olson                                  Ely   
9.       Hugo Ruiz                  Tri City United
10.    Symon Keiser                          Jordan
11.     Zach Haire              Breckenridge/ W
12      Mike Kvaal                      LQPV/DB

1.       Perham                                    
2.       St. James Area                         
3.       Mankato Loyola/Cleveland      
4.       West Central Area                    
5.       Staples-Motley                         
6.       Lac Qui Parle Valley/DB       
7        Greenway/NK                          
8.       North Shore                                 
9.       Mora                                       
10.    Jordan                                      
11.     Plainview-Elgin-Millville         
12      Minnehaha Academy                

Monday, July 30, 2018

Ben Blankenship and Sean Donnley are Among the 45 Elite Athletes Receiving USATF Foundation Development grants for 2018

Ben Blankenship and Sean Donnley are among the 45  Elite Athletes Receiving  Development grants for 2018

The full list for the second round of 2018 grants HERE.

Minnesota medallists at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Minnesota medallists at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Championships:
Joe Fahnbulleh (Park Flyers) 200m (17-18M) - 1st Place
Anna Lervick (Park Flyers) HJ (13-14G) - 2nd Place
Ava Hill (Unattached) 800 (15-16G) - 2nd Place
Joe Fahnbulleh (Park Flyers) 100 (17-18M) - 3rd Place
Noah Cvetnic (Park Flyers) HJ (17-18M) - 7th Place
Demetrius Marshall (Eagles Wings) LJ (15-16B) - 8th Place

Results results, photos, video HERE


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

USATF Minnesota Summer League #3 Results

USATF Minnesota Summer League #3 Results HERE

Kendra Kelly and Shaliciah Jones Take the Top Spots in the Class AA 100 and 200

Photos by Gene Niemi
Shaliciah Jones(7)(12.07) and Kendra Kelly(5)(12.30) finish 1-2 in the
Girl's Class AA 100


Kelly(5)(24.60) and Jones(4) 24.74) finish 1-2 in the 200

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Annandale Frosh Nyalaam Jok Ties Class A Record in the High Jump

                                    Photo by Gene Niemi
Annandale Frosh Nyalaam 
Jok  tied the Class A record in the high jump clearing 5' 9".
She was also 2nd in the long jump leaping 17' 4.25"


Ava Hill is Undefeated in the MSHSL Class A 800

                                  Photo by Gene Niemi
Mesabi Easts' Soph Ava Hill  Wins the Class A 800
She also anchored the team's  to  runner-up finishes  in the 4 by 200 and 400 Relays
The 800 win was her second title in that event. Hill is also an accomplished athlete in basketball.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Ping Sisters Dominate the Class A Distance Races

                                                 Photos by Gene Niemi
Grace Ping Wins the Class A 1600.  The Ping's near sweep of the first two places in the 3200
and 1600 produced enough points to put Winona Cotter in second in
the team scoring for Girls' Class A.  
                                    Lauren Ping on the outside.  Grace Ping (1) on the inside
                                                  with two laps to go in the 3200
Lauren kept her lead to win while Grace was passed  by Defending champion in the 3200, Tierney Wolfgram, who finish second. Lauren was asked after the race if the sisters had meant to
run side by side and set the pace, "No,"she said,   the sisters each  ran as fast as they could.
          Grace said that her season was interrupted by injuries. An injury hampered her at the State Cross County championships. A hip injury caused her to alter her stride that resulted in more injuries.  She got in enough training to be able to win the 1600.  Grace's past accomplishments resulted in a group of high school boys approached her at the  Hamline Elite Meet and asked if she'd pose with the boys for a photograph.  "Sure," Grace said.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Boy's 4 by 400 Relay Had Plenty of Drama

                                   Photos by Gene Niemi
Mounds View's Mica Smith(3)  holds off Edina's Maxwell Manley(4) 
and 
 East Ridge's Isaiah Rineheart(5)   to win the AA  4 by 400 relay.
Mica's twin brother Joel won the 300 Hurdles and was 8th in the 110 hurdles.
Manley finished second to Wayzata's Kahlid Hussein in both the 3200 and 1600.  Each time it was a battle down the homestretch with Hussein. Manley said that the duo had raced 4 or 5 times during the season with the same result, Hussein first and Manley second. 
In the 4 by 400 relay, however, Manley ran the anchor leg and got the baton well in front of Hussein.  Manley helped the Edina team finish in second place.  Wayzata with Hussein, also on the anchor leg, completed the team's 8th place finish.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

T'Nia Riley doubles in the Class A sprints, breaks Heather Van Norman's 1987 record in the 200

                                 Photo by Gene Niemi
T'Nia Riley on her way to the Class A Girl's 200 record(24.44)
Riley also won the 100(11.96)


Minnesota Daily Article on Gopher NCAA 3K Steeplechase Winner, Obsa Ali

Minnesota Daily Article on Gopher NCAA 3K Steeplechase Winner, Obsa Ali HERE

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Who says that running is not a contact sport?


                                  Photo by Gene Niemi
A collision  in the girls' Class AA 4 by 400 relay
was reviewed by race officials who concluded  that both athletes
 simultaneously ran toward each other and
neither was solely responsible for the collision and fall.

Southwest Christian men's team sets new record for the Class A 4 by 100 relay



                                 Photo by Gene Niemi
Zachary Ertel(5) anchors Southwest Christian's record setting
4 by 100 relay in a battle with St. Croix Lutheran, anchored by
Garett Maag(4). Southwest Christian finished in 42.88 to break
Hermantown's record of 42.98 set in 2004.  St. Croix Lutheran's team
finished in 43.08