Monday, August 14, 2017

State Cross Country Coaches Association Class A Rankings

                PRESEASON POLL
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 
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         
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)
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

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

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 with the subject line “Athlete of the Month Nomination”.

Fans can follow along with USATF Minnesota on FacebookTwitter, and online at

Maxwell Kuzara
Athlete of the Month Committee Chair
USA Track & Field Minnesota

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)

Friday, August 04, 2017

Strib's Rachel Blount's Feature on Maggie Ewen

Strib's Rachel Blount's Feature on Maggie Ewen HERE
Maggie Ewen

Using gelatin to improve performance, prevent injury, and accelerate return to play

Using gelatin to improve performance, prevent injury, and accelerate return to play HERE

Heather Kampf 7th in Sir Walter Miler race

Heather Kampf 7th in Sir Walter Miler race HERE

MDRA Como Park Relays Results

MDRA Como Park Relays Results HERE

Hassan Mead 15th in IAAF WC 10K

Hassan Mead 15th in IAAF World Championships 10K wirh a PR. Results HERE
Hassan Mead: It was an awful race.
LONDON -- Nine Team USATF athletes advanced out of Friday’s qualifying rounds, including six-for-six on the track, highlighting a night that also saw two of the fastest 10,000m performances in USATF history from Rio Olympians and training partners Shadrack Kipchirchir and Leonard Korir.

Kipchirchir, Korir find themselves in fast final & USATF history books
Kipchirchir (Colorado Springs, Colorado) turned in the top time for Team USATF athletes in the men’s 10,000m final, making his mark on the American track & field history books with the fastest 10,000m performance ever by an American at the World Championships. Hassan Mead (Eugene, Oregon) stayed toward the middle of the pack over the first mile, keeping himself no further than 10m behind Kamworor. Shifting between sixth and seventh in a strung-out pack, Mead fell back over the second mile to ninth as the speed quickened. Hometown favorite Mo Farah continued to surge and forced Cheptegei and Kamworor to pick up the pace once again.

As the lead pack broke away with 12 laps remaining, Kipchirchir and Korir (Colorado Springs, Colorado) went with them and hung on to the back of the pack. Another surge with only five laps to go saw Korir drop back while Kipchirchir remained with the leaders. As Farah, Cheptegei and Tanui pushed the pace over the final two laps, Kipchirchir lost his place with the lead pack to finish ninth in a personal best 27:07.55, making the 2016 Olympian the third-fastest performer in USATF history. Korir crossed 13th in a personal best 27:20.18 to become the sixth fastest USATF performer in history. Mead was 15th in a personal best 27:32.49.--USATF

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Gopher Women's XC Team Captains Announced

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dennis Newell named U of Mary head track & field coach

Cross Country: Willmar's Jerry Popp inducted into MNCA Hall of Fame

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Spencer Howe 19th in AAU Junior Olympics Decathlon

Spencer Howe 19th in AAU Junior Olympics Decathlon(17-18 age group). Results HERE.
Spencer Howe

Saturday, July 29, 2017

YMCA All City Meet Results

YMCA All City Meet Results HERE

Bix 7 Mile Results

Bix 7 Mile Results HERE

Jonathan Grey 4th.
Kevin Lewis 13th
Danny Docherty 15th
Sam Rivard 11th in Women's race

Consequences of Chronic Lack of Sleep

Research Finds Consequences of Chronic Lack of Sleep

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Review of The Haywire Heart

Book Review of The Haywire Heart HERE

All-Academic Teams & Scholar Teams of the Year in NCAA DI Track & Field

All-Academic Teams & Scholar Teams of the Year in NCAA DI Track & Field HERE

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Research on running efficiencies or lack thereof between novice and seasoned runners

Research concludes that novice runners showed larger kinematic adjustments when exhausted than comp runners. This may affect their running performance and should be taken into account when assessing a runner's injury risk. HERE

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kara Goucher: What She Found Going Back Home

Kara Goucher  Found  Happiness in Her Running Back Home HERE

She'll also be getting a Silver medal

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jaret Carpenter top 20 in U20 10K

Hassan Mead 4th in Heusden 5K

2 WOLDE DAWIT ETH 13:10.13
3 TRUE BEN USA 13:10.83
4 MEAD HASSAN USA 13:11.20
5 ABDI BASHIR BEL 13:11.87
15 VERNON ANDY GBR 13:22.65
16 KAYA ALI TUR 13:25.71
17 NGENO ALFRED KEN 13:28.71
20 TASAMA DAME BEL 13:57.58

Heather Kampf Wins Her 5th Ryan Shay Women's Mile

 1 Heather Kampf 4:30.83 (5 time winner)
 2 Katie Landwehr 4:31.64
3  Alexina Wilson 4:35.43
4  Maddie Alm 4:37.17
5  Becca Addison 4:37.70
6  Emily Oren 4:38.10
7  Samantha Johnson 4:38.76
8 Margo Richardson 4:51.79
9  Sarah Bishop 4:53.33
10 Jennifer McKenna 4:58.77

Men's Results
1 Jake Edwards 4:00.56 (3 time winner) 
2 Nate Brannen 4:01.15
3 Nick Harris 4:01.25
4 Julian Matthews 4:01.60
5 Reid Buchanan 4:01.86
6 Matt Dorsey 4:02.14
7 Dey Dey 4:02.18
8 Joseph Tessema 4:03.93
9 Ryan Dohner 4:03.94
10 Louis Falland 4:04.75
11 Morsi Rayyan 4:05.20
12 Alejandro Garcia 4:05.43
13 Henry Sterling 4:06.15
14 Zaccheus Widner 4:08.33
15 Derek Henning 4:11.06
16 Bennett Prudhomme 4:31.80

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Heather Miller-Koch Answers the Question: Who Would Team USA Athletes Give An Olympic Medal To If Given The Chance?

If I could give a medal away to anyone I would give one to my coach/training partner/husband all-in-one! Ryan and I started the journey to become an Olympian many years ago. At the time many would have laughed in our faces if we told them this lofty goal. He put in countless hours of learning the events, training theories, diet, and strength training to be better equipped to coach me. He dedicated just as much — if not more — time and effort into this goal than me, and I am the one who can forever call myself an Olympian.

He deserves more than a medal! He helped push me to raise the bar in all aspects of life, not just track and field. If it weren't for Ryan, I wouldn't be the person I am today, the athlete I am or be able to call myself an Olympian. I love you, Ryan!
Heather Miller-Koch

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day 4 USATF Masters Outdoor Track Results

Day 4 USATF Masters Outdoor Track  Results HERE

Sherwood Sagedahl  1st in 1500
2nd in the 200
Paul Montgomery 5th in the 200

Barbora Špotáková Wins Javelin throw in Rabat

Barbora Špotáková Wins Javelin throw at International Mohammed VI D'Athletisme de Rabat Meet

Javelin Throw - Women 
    1 Barbora Špotáková          CZE      63.73      
    2 Ratej , Martina                  SLO      62.46        
    3 Khaladovich , Tatsiana      BLR      62.38        
    4 Gleadle , Elizabeth            CAN      60.43        
    5 Winger , Kara                    USA      59.94      
    6 Hjálmsdóttir , Ásdís           ISL      59.67        
    7 Palameika , Madara           LAT      57.80        

Day 3 USATF Masters Outdoor Track Results

Day 3 USATF Masters Outdoor Track Live Results HERE

Sherwood Sagedahl 2nd  in 100 (75-79)
Paul Montgomery 4th in 100 (70-74)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Madrid IWC Results

Madrid IWC Results HERE

Laura Roesler 6th in 800

Updated: USATF Masters Outdoor Track Live Results

USATF Masters Outdoor Track Live Results HERE
Sherwood Sagedahl 1st 800(75-79)
Kathy Haubrich 4th in 400(55-59)

True Team "Wild Cards"

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Park Point 5-Mile Results

Park Point 5-Mile Results HERE

Duluth News Tribune race story HERE.

UMD Feature on Emi Trost

UMD Feature on Emi Trost HERE

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Top Moments for St. Kate's 2016 XC season

Gopher Men's 2017 Indoor and Outdoor Top 10 Lists

2020 Olympic Trials Marathon @usatf standards and qualification windows announced!

2020 Olympic Trials Marathon @usatf standards and qualification windows announced HERE

Sunday, July 09, 2017

London Diamond League Meet Results

London Diamond League Meet Results HERE

Barbora Špotáková 1st in javelin
Hassan Mead 7th in 3K
Ben Blankenship 10th in 1500

Friday, July 07, 2017

Thursday, July 06, 2017

TrackTown Summer Series: NYC Results

TrackTown Summer Series: NYC Results HERE

Ben Blankenship 3rd in 1500
Sean Donnelly 4th in the hammer throw
Harun Abda 7rh in 800

Finish of the 1500: Ben Blankenship, Robby Andrews, Johnny Gregorek

Gopher grad Barbora Špotáková 2nd in Lausanne

  Barbora  Špotáková  2nd in Lausanne Diamond League Meet

    1 Kolak , Sara                          CRO      68.43      
    2 Špotáková , Barbora              CZE      67.40      
    3 Mitchell , Kathryn                 AUS      66.12        
    4 Roberts , Kelsey-Lee             AUS      64.06        
    5 Khaladovich , Tatsiana          BLR      62.29      
    6 Viljoen , Sunette                    RSA      61.38        
    7 Palameika , Madara               LAT      60.35        
    8 Winger , Kara                        USA      59.19        
    9 Laasma , Liina                       EST      57.35        
   10 Molitor , Kathrina                GER      57.03

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

NSAF Performance Clinics

The NSAF( National Scholastic Athletics Foundation) has just signed a 5 year partnership with Sanford Health, making them the “Official Research Partner of the NSAF.” As part of our partnership, we will be hosting a triple jump/javelin clinic in Sioux Falls.  We work with the best athletes in the nation in these two events with our Project Javelin and Project Triple Jump programs and these top athletes will also be attending the clinic.  We also bring in the top coaches in the nation to put on the clinics.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for high school track and field athletes to help them reach their potential.  We actually supported Denzel Brown from Eden Prairie, to come to NBNO last weekend.  While he did not make the finals in either the 100 or the 200 he did represent the Heartland very well.

We are hoping to make the SD clinic the best clinic we put on in the nation and we are hoping you will reach out to any athletes, junior high, high school, or college that might be interested. Coaches are also welcome to register.  We would love to have a great showing of athletes and coaches from SD, ND, MN, IA.  Above is a flyer for the clinic and a website for registration and clinic info. Please feel free to pass this flyer/info on. 

Here is a link if you are interested in learning more about the NSAF and what we do.

Kevin Lewis 3rd, Cynthia Jerop 1st Woman in Fifth Season 8K

Fifth Season 8K results HERE
Cedar Rapids Gazette feature and photo of defending women's champion Cynthia Jerop HERE

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Peachtree/USATF 10K Championship Results

Peachtree 10K Results HERE

Jon Grey 7th
Danny Docherty 34th

Ben Sathre wins men’s title, Elizabeth Frick the women’s title at the Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon

Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon Results HERE
Summary of Half Marathon: Defending champion and event record-holder Ben Sathre of St. Paul and Elizabeth Frick of Eagan won individual titles at the July 4th  Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay & 5K. Sathre ran the 13.1 mile course in 1:10:14. Frick clocked 1:25:33.  Each earned $500.

“I just tried to have fun,” Sathre explained. “It’s all you can do when it’s hot and humid and it’s 6:30 in the morning.” In better conditions last year, Sathre ran 1:08:14 to establish his event record.

Rounding out the top-three in the men’s competition were Jesus Pardo Moreno of Segovia, Spain (1:13:05) and Nick Harris of Niwot, Colo. (1:13:35).

“I really enjoyed the trivia along the way,” Frick said, referring to signs on the course that quizzed runners about American history. “I’m just thankful for a great day and great support.”

Rounding out the women’s top-three were Lauren Mitchell of Madison, Ala. (1:27:28) and Rachel Anderson of Hudson, Wisc. (1:27:33).
In the half marathon relay division, the team of Mike Haasken and Mike Bester took first in men’s completion with a time of 1:27:52. Candice Schneider and Kandace Schuft won the women’s relay crown in 1:38:40.

The 5K winners were Joe Louiselle of St. Anthony in 16:16 and Maddie Alm of Louisville, Colo. in 17:05.

A total of 3873 runners competed in the eighth annual event which took place under partly sunny skies and humid conditions with temperature in the high 70s. In keeping with its Independence Day theme, the event, staged at Father Hennepin Bluff Park along the Minneapolis riverfront, featured post-race hot dogs, ice cream, yard games, and a Slip N Slide.

“We were pleased host a fun filled race to help people celebrate Independence Day, Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman said. “It gives me and our whole staff a lot of pleasure to see so many people enjoy an active holiday. We’re also honored that so many people choose to volunteer time on a holiday for the event.”

In addition to this morning’s event, another 200 runners from across the country competed in the virtual version of the event in recent days, designing their own courses where they chose to spend the holiday.

Maggie Ewen 3rd in Tight Bowerman Women's Fan Award Votes

Maggie Ewen 3rd in Tight Bowerman Women's Fan Award Votes HERE

Sunday, July 02, 2017

TrackTown Summer Series-Portland Results

Finish of the 1500. LtoR ,
 and 2 others
                                    TrackTown Summer Series-Portland Results HERE
Ben Blankenship 1st in 1500.
Harun Abda 7th in 800

AAU Region 14 Qualifier Full Results

AAU Region 14 Qualifier Full Results HERE

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mason Ferlic Scores Points in the Opening Meet of the TrackTown Summer Series.

Mason Ferlic Scores Points in the 3K of the Opening Meet of the TrackTown Summer Series.
Results HERE
Mason Ferlic runs with the kids

Amazon, Nike, Local Running Stores

WSJ article on Running Shoe Sales HERE

6 UMAC Female Athletes Nominated for NCAA WOTY

Behind the scenes of the Attempt to Run a Sub 2 Hour Marathon

Behind the scenes of the Attempt to Run a Sub 2 Hour Marathon HERE

Wednesday, June 28, 2017