The annual Track and Field News rankings are out. Thirteen Minnesotans earned top-10 U.S. rankings from "The Bible of the Sport," including Kara Goucher and Philip Dunn, the #1-ranked athletes in the women's marathon and men's 50K racewalk, respectively.
Goucher, a Duluth native, earned the top spot in the marathon thanks to her 3rd-place finish at the Boston Marathon and 10th-place result at the World Championships. Goucher also earned a #4 ranking in the 5000m.
Dunn, a Carleton College alum, gained the #1-ranking in the 50K walk thanks to his victory at the USA 50K championships. Dunn is a three-time Olympian in the event.
Other Minnesota athletes earning top-10 rankings include:
Liz Roehrig ... ranked #3 in the heptathlon
Katie McGregor ... #3 in the women's 10,000m
Karl Erickson ... #5 in the men's discus
Amanda Thieschafer ... #6 in the women's triple jump
Will Leer ... #6 in the men's 1500m
Jason Lehmkuhle ... #7 in the men's marathon
Shani Marks ... #8 in the women's triple jump
Patrick Smyth ... #8 in the men's 10,000m
Laura Hermanson ... #9 in the women's 800m
Alicia Rue ... #9 in the women's pole vault
Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle ... #9 in the women's marathon