Thursday, December 31, 2015

Rochester Century Pole Vaulter/Diver/Gymnast Adrianna Jacobs is RPB AOY

Rochester Century pole vaulter/diver/gymnast Adrianna Jacobs is Rochester Post-Bulletin's Athlete of the Year HERE

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Cherae Reeves Indoor and Outdoor NCAA DIII Shot titles the #1 Concordia-Moorhead Sports Moment of 2015

UPDATED with link to full paper: Will Hot Baths be the New Ice?

First it was ice baths.  Now research indicates there may be a bebefit to a 40 minute hot bath after your workout.  The theories being that the cold helps your recovery, and thehot enables acclimation to 104 degree F heat.  What's next, an ice bath followed by the heat?  Read about the heat HERE.

Link to the complete research paper is HERE.

Tom Langenfeld Gives 2016 Indoor Season a Jump Start with AR in M80 HJ

Tom Langenfeld started the 2016 Indoor Season with  an American Record in the M80 High Jump.  Masters Track story is HERE  Record was set at the December 19 USATF MN Indoor Meet #1 at Bethel.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

What a Difference 109 Meters Makes

Commentary on the mile HERE.

Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Edina, Lake Conference Featured in Running Times

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Scouting for Talent

The BBC looks at the competition for young talent in football(soccer) HERE.

Garrett Heath Goes for a XC Treble at the Great Edinburgh XC Meet

Garrett Heath tries for a treble on January 9, 2016. He'll be joined on the US team by Emma Bates and Joe Moore.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Top Trail Runners SignNew Anti-Doping Pledge

 Top Trail Runners sign new Anti-Doping pledge  HERE

Gopher women's 2015 Team Awards, Academic All Big 10

Gopher women's 2015 Team Awards HERE

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Kids Don't Try This at Home

Duluth Sports Boosters Aiming to Build a Regional Indoor Sports Facility

DNT article on the Duluth Sports Boosters Beginning the Process to Construct a Regional Indoor Sports Facility   HERE.  No mention of an indoor track.

Friday, December 18, 2015

More Recruiting News

Coaches Vote to Bring Back the Mile at NCAA Championships

First USATF MN All Ages Indoor Track Meet Saturday

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

More Recruiting News

Former Gopher Women's Coach Gary Wilson Inducted into USTFCCCA HOF Today

Research: Heat Acclimation

Research on the benefits of post exercise hot baths for heat acclimation HERE

Monday, December 14, 2015

Three Minnesota Track Officials Selected for Major Meet Duties

Three Minnesota Track & Field Officials Selected for Major Meet Duties
David Fergus 
High Jump official,  selected for
 theUSA Juniors in Fresno, CA

Mike Karlson  
High jump official, USA Juniors in Fresno, CA
(Also alternate for USA Indoor, World Indoor, and Olympic Trials)

Ned O’Doherty 
Finish Line Coordinator, USA Indoor and 
World Indoor in Portland, OR
(also alternate for Olympic Trials)

Minnesota Track & Field Coaches Association 2016 Clinic

Minnesota Track & Field Coaches Association 2016 Clinic 
January 28, 29 and 30, 2016
Bloomington DoubleTree Hotel
Clinic Schedule        

Registration is now OPEN!

Hotel Rooms at the Bloomington DoubleTree are available at a SPECIAL RATE here:

Here is what you get for your $100 Clinic fee!  48 Hours of Track & Field instruction from some of the top Coaches in the World, Coach of the Year and Hall of Fame Banquet, 2 Free Socials, 20+ Vendors and over 100 Door prizes!

(Partial bios of some of the speakers) 
Speaker Bios
Beth Alford-Sullivan- currently the Director Of T & F/CC at the Univ. of Tennessee. Past experience: Penn State, Stanford, Minnesota State-Mankato. 32 Coach of the Year Awards. 9 Big 10 Team Titles. 167 All-Americans. USTFCCCA President. 3 time Captain of Univ. of Minnesota X-C Team.

Matt Bingle- currently the Director of T & F/CC at the Univ. of Minnesota. 107 NCAA Qualifiers. 10 All Americans. 4 Big 10 Titles. Captain, Most Valuable, All Conference Hurdler at Ball State.

Lucky Huber- Director of T& F/CC at the Univ. of South Dakota. 16 Conference Team Titles. 2008 USTFCCCA National Women’ s Track Coach of the Year. 10th Place Team finish at D-1 NCAA National Indoor Championships 2014. Coached three time Olympic Qualifier, Derek Miles.

Katie Wagner- three time USTFCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year (10, 14, 15). Her hurdlers and jumpers scored 29 points at the D-III Indoor National Meet in 2015 and 40 points in claiming the National Title Outdoors. She was a Conference Champion in the Heptathlon and Pentathlon at UW-L.

Dan Fitzsimmons- Head X-C Coach/Asst. Track at the University of South Dakota. 2015, second and third place finish at Summit League X-C Championships. 28 Individual Conference Champs in Track distance events. 8 State HS X-C Championships at Yankton, SD and 5 State T& F Championships. 6 time State COY. Former steeplechase record holder at USD.

Andrew Rock- Head Men’s and Women’s T& F Coach at Bethel University. Olympic Gold Medalist 4 x 400, 2004 Greece Olympic Games. 9 time National Champion at Univ. of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. 2015 MIAC Women’s Track Coach of the Year. 13 National Qualifiers. PR of 44.35 in 400.

 AG Kruger- throws Coach at the University of South Dakota. 3 time Olympian 2004, 2008 and 2012 in the Hammer. World Record Holder in the Pentathlon (SP, Dis, WT and Jav) for 35-39 age Group. National Champion and NCAA D-II National Athlete of the Year 2001.

Brett Ayers- Head X-C, Asst. T& F at Winona State University. Coached his Women’s X-C Team to a D-II National Championship in 2011. He also ran professionally for New Balance for seven years.

Jim Dilling-Head Men’s Coach at Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato. 3 Time NSIC Coach of the Year. 2 time USTFCCCA Region COY. 4 time NCAA D-II National Champion in the High Jump. 2007 USA National HJ Champion. PR of 7’ 6.5”.

Chris Parno- Assistant Coach at MSU-Mankato. 2 time USTFCCCA Region Assistant COY. Guided 9 MSU sprinters to All American honors in 2015. 7 time All Conference Hurdler, sprinter, decathlete at Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth.

Tom Thorkelson-Coaches the throwers at Gustavus Adolphus College. Has coached 52 All Americans since 1985. Coached 3 time National Champion and Olympic Trials Qualifier.

Jane Reimer-Morgan- Head Girls Coach at Minnetonka HS. 6 Time MSHSL State Champions. USTFCCA Minnesota Girls COY 2014. 2 time Minnesota Class AA Girls COY. Bob Bonk- 44 years as Coach at Fairmont HS. 6 time True Team State Champion. 1 MSHSL State Team Championship. 189 Individual State qualifiers.

Bruce Kivimaki- Head Boys coach at Eden Prairie HS. 3 State Team Championships. 105 All State Track Athletes. Minnesota Boys Class AA COY 2010.

Chris Milton- Pole Vault coach at Eden Prairie HS. 3 State Pole vault Champions. 17 All State Vaulters. 3 time MIAC Vault Champion.

Nick Lovas- Head Boys Coach at Hopkins HS. 3 State Team Championships. USTFCCCA Minnesota COY 2014. 2011 Girls COY. Matt Jaschen- Head X-C Coach/Asst Track at Johnston HS, IA. 2013 Class 4A COY.

Ben Youngs- Head Girls/Boys at Maple Lake HS. 1 State Team Championship. 2 time Minnesota COY ( Girls & Boys). 4 time State Runner-up.

Patti Percival- Head CC/Asst.Track Coach at White Bear Lake HS. 2 State True Team Championships. 3 runner-up finishes at State X-C. Moundsview HOF. Captain of the Univ. of Minnesota Track/CC teams.

Lee Van Nyhuis- Head Coach at Osakis HS. 15 Conference Championships. 8 years with a Relay in the top three at State Meet. Minnesota Girls COY.

Dave Emmans- Head X-C/Asst. Track Coach at Wayzata HS. 1 National Championship in Girls X-C. 3 time State Champions. National X-C COY. Coached State Record Holder in the 800.

Dale Moga- Asst. at Rushford-Peterson/Houston. Coached State Champions in Long Jump and Triple Jump. Also coached 2 All State Horizontal Jumpers.

These are just a few of the coaches that will be sharing their ideas and methods in January.  Info on additional speakers and a complete schedule coming soon!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Plymouth magazine article on Annika Halverson

Wayzata grad and Bethel sophomore Annika Halverson reapss the benefits of being an international travelor/student HERE

Late Results:Brian Hatlevig Fifth HJ in World Masters Outdoor Champs

Apologies on the lateness of these results, but better late than never...
Brian Hatlevig took fifth at 1.85m (6’ .75”) in a strong 22-man M40 high jump field at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon August 4-16, 2015.  Three jumpers, from Sweden, Latvia, and France, had 1.96m (6’5”), and a jumper from Spain made 1.90 (6’2.75”).

Susan Loyd made the semi-finals in the W55 200m with a time of 32.04.  That was the thirteenth best time in a field of 37 sprinters, but she did not advance to the finals.
Full results for the meet HERE.

Bersagal/Puskedra Team Fourth in Dallas Marathon Duo to Rio Relay

Five teams of US Olympic Trials Marathon contenders each ran a half marathon in the Dalla Marathon Duo to Rio marathon relay.  Each of the two person teams runners ran a half marathon with the men running the first leg and the women finishing.  Annie Bersagel and Luke Puskedra finished fourth with a time of 2:22.10.  Podreska's time was 1:03.48.  Bersagel 1:18.22.

Full results HERE.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

USATF Junior Olympic XC Results

USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Results:

8 & Under Boy's 2K: -  Jamison Ping 7th in 8:17.2
8 & Under Girl's 2K -  Claire Vukovics 16th in 8:45.7;   Audrey Silgen 53rd in 9:21.1
9 & 10 Boy's 3K -  Charles Wendell  151st in  13:23.9; Elliot Vargas 294th in 16:48.1
9 & 10 Girl's 3K -  Lauren Ping 5th in 12:10.6
11 & 12 Boy's 3K -  Connor Lange 
247th in 13:13.6;  Tanner Lange 263rd in 13:24.5;  Cooper Tinto 270th in  13:34.1;  Cain Korf 310th in 16:23.8;  Blake Korf 311th in 16:46.4

11 & 12 Girl's 3K -  Grace Ping 2nd in 11:06.6
13 & 14 Boy's 4K -  Ethan Vargas 
236th in 16:16.8
17 & 18 Boy's 5K -  Eli Grubbs 
38th in 19:12.2

All results are HERE

USATF Club XC Championship Results

USATF Club Championship Results page is HERE
Women's Open 6K results HERE.  Emma Bates 5th.
Men's Open 10K results HERE.  Garrett Heath 1st. Jon Grey 2nd. Joe Moore 9th.

Footlocker Results

Girl's results HERE.
Boy's results HERE  Griak winner Garek Bielaczyc fourth.

Footlocker results page with all regional results HERE

More Recruiting News

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

NSIC AOW; Weekly Summary #1

Men's Summary is HERE  Women's HERE

U-Mary summary from the Bison Classic HERE
Winona State summary from the Chuck Peterson Preseason Open HERE



Willmer Team At NXN Photo Gallery

St. Scholastica Opener Indoor Track Photo Gallery

St. Scholastica Opener Indoor Track Photo Gallery HERE.

More Recruiting News

Gopher Multi Man Luca Wieland and Winona State Weight Thrower Kaitlyn Long USTFCCCA AOW

Kaitlyn Long story  HERE

Monday, December 07, 2015

Gopher Intrasquad Meet on Friday

Canadian Sprinter Andre DeGrasse Signs Big Contract

It's more speculation and hype, but leaked information on the shoe company contract for Canadian sprinter Andre DeGrasse is reportedly valued at $10 million to be paid out over five years with incentive clauses that could triple the worth of the contract.  Story is HERE. The company appears to be betting that DeGrasse will replace Usain Bolt.

Research: Sodium Bicarbonate as a Recovery Tool after High intensity workouts

Study on the effect of Sodium Bicarbonate as a recovery tool after high Intensity Workouts HERE.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Terry Goeman's Willmar/Edina Girl's NXN Photo Page

Terry Goeman's Willmar/Edina Girl'sNXN Photo Page  HERE

Lance Elliott's NXN Photo Gallery

Lance Elliott's NXN Photo Gallery HERE.

Chuck Peterson Preseason Open Results

Chuck Peterson Preseason Open Results HERE.
MSU Mankato men's summary is HERE  Women HERE
Winona State summary is HERE.
Concordia St. Paul summary is HERE.

Kara Goucher Wins San Antonio Rock N Roll Half Marathon

Kara Goucher wins San Antonio Rock N Roll Half Marathon in 1:11.10
Video Interview is HERE

SI story on Kara Goucher HERE.

Kara Goucher
05:26 min/mile
Sasha Gollish
05:33 min/mile
Shalane Flanagan
05:33 min/mile
Amy Hastings
05:33 min/mile
Kellyn Taylor
05:36 min/mile
Lauren Smith
05:43 min/mile
Heleene Tambet
05:44 min/mile
Karolina Nadolska
05:45 min/mile
Leonora Petrina
05:51 min/mile
Zoila Gomez
05:53 min/mile

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Dakota Classic Results

Dakota Classic Results  HERE.

UPDATED: The Opener Multi & Open Events Results

The Opener Women's pentathlon results are HERE
Full results HERE
Gopher women's  recap is HERE. Men's heptathlon results HERE
Bemidji State pentathlon summary is HERE
UMD women's summary HERE. Men HERE.
St. Scholastica women's summary is HERE.  Men HERE.

Bulletin: Jaret Carpenter 4th. Hopkins team 7th at NXN

Jaret Carpenter 4th in 15:09.7.  Hopkins team 7th   Edina 13th team.  Wayzata 14th. Highland Park's Micah Mather 24th in 15:32.3.

NXN Results

NXN Results are HERE.

Bulletin: Bethany Hasz 5th; Willmar team 9th at NXN

Bethany Hasz 5th in 17:07.1; Willmar 9th team at NXN. Winona Cotter's Grace Ping 14th in 17:25.7  Edina team 16th. Forest Lake's Emma Benner 28thin 17:47.2.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Dakota Classic Day 1 Meet Results

Dakota Classic Day 1 Meet Results HERE

A Call for Help

Editor's Note:
The following is a message from Mac Wilkins, a prominent member of the Athletic "family" who is reaching out for a friend, a mentor. Stated simply, it is a call for help.  This help is anything but simple.  It is the sort of situation where all "normal channels" have been tapped and what is needed is beyond the ordinary. In a way it's the chance to be involved in a happy ending of a story that doesn't seemed to be heading in that direction.  It is reaching out to the track and running community for assistance in a time of need.

The value of social media is the ability to reach out to large numbers of people in the hope that there is someone out there who can make this sort of sacrifice.  All the info you need is below.  Thanks for reading and any help you can provide.


This message is a special request for help.

My dear friend of 35 years now has End Stage Kidney Disease
and desperately needs a life-saving donor kidney, blood type “O”.

He is working with Renewal, a remarkable nonprofit organization.
They have found an email campaign to be an effective technique
and it's best to cast as wide a net as possible.

Therefore, I am sending each of you this message in the hope
that you may know of someone who is able and willing to make
the incredible gift of donating a kidney in order to save a life.

To learn how you can save a life or for more information about
kidney donation,

Contact Renewal at 718 431-9831 or email
Renewal's website is

All inquiries to Renewal are strictly confidential and without any obligation.
They can also put you in touch with others who have donated a
kidney and are willing to share their experience.

All medical costs for evaluation and surgery are covered by the
recipient’s insurance.

Ancillary costs such as travel expenses and lodging, may be covered
by Renewal.

Please send this post to people with whom you email.

You never know whether or not there is someone who will
respond to this urgent need.


Gideon is a two time Olympian, a discus thrower.
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But he is better known as the

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Gideon's analysis helped me dramatically improve my discus technique.

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This is also how people with prosthetics naturalize and correct their walking gates after losing a limb.

Gideon has contributed so much to so many people.

And he has so much work left to do!
Thanks for your help,

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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Jeremy Karger-Gatzow is the New Track Coach at St. John's

 A bit dated but relevant now as indoor track season begins.  Former University of Minnesota Morris track and XC coach Jeremy Karger-Gatzow is the new track coach at St. John's. Details HERE

Some of the Issues Being Discussed at the USATF Annual Meeting

Some of the Issues Being Discussed at the USATF Annual Meeting HERE,

Qualifying Standards for 2016 World Mountain Running Championships

Qualifying Standards for US team for 2016 World  Mountain Running Championships HERE

NSIC Indoor Track Pre-Season Polls, AOY

NSIC Indoor Track Pre-Season Polls HERE

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

More Controversy About USATF Personnel Decisions

More controversy about USATF personnel decisions   HERE

Pole Vaulting: How a Vaulting Pole is Made

Petition to the USATF Board of Directors to Reserve Sports Honors for "Clean" Athletes

In the wake of recent doping scandals and the controversy over ahletes returning from doping bans, the following petition being proposed to the USATF Board of Directors   HERE

Background on the petition by author Lauren Fleshman HERE.

A Look Back at the Gopher Women's XC Season