Wednesday, August 30, 2017

NCAA DII XC Men’s Preseason National Coaches’ Poll

                                   NCAA DII XC Men’s Preseason National Coaches’ Poll 


NCAA DIII XC Men’s Preseason National Coaches’ Poll

                                    NCAA DIII XC Men’s Preseason National Coaches’ Poll 


NCAA DIII Women's XC National Coaches' pre season Poll

                                NCAA DIII Women's XC National Coaches' pre season Poll

NCAA DII Women's XC National Coaches' pre season Poll

                                  NCAA DII Women's XC National Coaches' pre season Poll

Orono Twilight Results

Orono Twilight Results HERE

Austin Invitational Results

Austin Invitational Results HERE

Mankato East Invitational Results

Mankato East Invitational Results:
Boy's Varsity HERE
Girl's Varsity HERE
Girl's JV HERE
Boy's Junior High HERE
Girl's Junior High HERE

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NCAA DI Pre Season Women's XC Coaches' Poll Rankings

                                        NCAA DI Pre Season Women's XC Coaches' Poll

NCAA DI Men's XC Coaches' Poll Rankings

                                                    NCAA DI Men's XC Coaches' Poll

NCAA DIII Regional XC pre season Rankings

                                         NCAA DIII Regional XC pre season Rankings

NCAA DII pre season XC Regional Team Rankings

                                            NCAA DII pre season Regional team rankings

Ben Blankenship 8th in 3K at IWG Zagreb Meet

Ben Blankenship 8th in 3K at IWG Zagreb Meet
3K Results 
    1 Barega , Selemon                 ETH    7:38.90          
    2 Kiplangat , Davis                KEN    7:39.97          
    3 Ahmed , Mohammed                 CAN    7:40.49          
    4 Tiernan , Patrick                AUS    7:41.43          
    5 Kiplagat , Silas                 KEN    7:43.39          
    6 Birgen , Bethwell Kiprotich      KEN    7:44.20          
    7 True , Ben                       USA    7:44.36          
    8 Blankenship  , Ben               USA    7:44.43          
    9 Mekhissi , Mahiedine             FRA    7:57.12          
   10 Bošnjak , Dino                   CRO    7:57.57          
   11 Gregson , Ryan                   AUS    7:58.57          
   12 Juzunovic , Osman                BIH    8:12.08          
   13 Zerrifi , Abdelhamid             ALG    8:12.55          
      Kivuva , Jackson Mumbwa          KEN        DNF

Remembering David Torrence

David Torrence
 David Torrence was the first runner to run a sub-four minute mile at the TC 1 Mile.  Yesterday morning he was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool.  News of his passing generated a stream of memories from those who he touched during his 31 years. An autopsy is being done in an attempt to determine the cause of death.

USATF Torrence Bio HERE
Twitter Responses in memory of David Torrence HERE

Monday, August 28, 2017

NCAA DI Men's Preseason Regional Rankings

                                       NCAA DI Men's Preseason Regional Rankings
                                                   Gopher men's Training Camp Blog

Wabasha-Kellogg Gallop Results

Wabasha-Kellogg Gallop Results HERE

NCAA DI Women's Pre-Season Regional Rankings

                                       NCAA DI Women's Pre-Season Rankings
                        Gopher Women's XC Coach Sarah Hopkins previews the 2017 season

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gophers/Canada's Agnes Esser 12th in World University Games discus, 15th in the Hammer Throw

World University Games Results HERE

 Agnes Esser wrapped up competition at the 2017 FISU Summer World University Games with top-15 finishes in both the discus and the hammer throw while representing her native Canada in Taipei, Taiwan, this week.
After advancing through the discus qualification round, Esser placed 12th in the discus final with a throw of 49.93m (163-09). She improved on each of her three attempts, throwing 47.22m (154-11) on her first throw and 48.24m (158-03) on her second throw before ending with a mark of 49.93m.
Esser also competed in the qualification round of the hammer throw. She placed 10th in Group B and ended up 15th overall with a throw of 57.61m (189-00). Esser threw 57.42m (188-04) and 57.26m (187-10) on her first two throws, respectively. Qualifying performances of 59.00m automatically advance to the final on Saturday.
Along with adjusting to a 13-hour time difference from Minnesota to Taiwan, Esser competed in the discus final less than seven hours after the hammer qualification round. One of 51 athletes representing Athletics Canada at the World University Games, Esser was the only female athlete competing in two events for Canada.

Barbora Špotáková Wins Weltklasse Javelin

   Barbora Špotáková  Wins Weltklasse Women's Javelin

    1 Špotáková , Barbora              CZE      65.54        
    2 Roberts , Kelsey-Lee             AUS      64.53        
    3 Kolak , Sara                     CRO      64.47        
    4 Khaladovich , Tatsiana           BLR      62.89        
    5 Ratej , Martina                  SLO      62.77        
    6 Palameika , Madara               LAT      62.60        
    7 Winger , Kara                    USA      62.01        
    8 Gleadle , Elizabeth              CAN      59.06        
    9 Ruckstuhl , Géraldine            SUI      52.08

Full Results HERE.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Wayzata XC Alumni Meet Photo Galleries

Wayzata XC Alumni Meet Photo Galleries by Kraig Lungstrom and M Urke

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Jon Gilmer(boy's) Jason Massman(girl's) Awarded 2017 USTFCCCA MN HS Track Coaches of the Year

Lakeville South's Jon Gilmer and Jason Massman of Saint Michael-Albertville were awarded USTFCCCA 2017 high school Track & Field Coaches of the Year for Minnesota.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bill Miles Adds More Hall of Fame Honors

Full list of 2017 MSHSL HOF Inductees HERE

Preseason 2017(8/17) Girls' AA Rankings

1 Edina  
2 Minnetonka
3 Willmar                               
4 Wayzata
5 Shakopee
6 Lakeville South
7 Marshall
8 Monticello   
9 Forest Lake                                                                          
10 Mpls Washburn                 
11 Farmington            
12 Eden Prairie           
Honorable Mention:   White Bear Lake, St Michael Albertville, Becker, Lakeville North                             
1       Anna Fenske, 9, Farmington                                     
2       Lauren Peterson, 11, Farmington              
3       Sophie Whicher, 12, Minnetonka                               
4       Emily Covert, 11, Mpls Washburn                                           
5       Emily Kompelien, 12, Edina;                                                     
6       Regan Duffy, 11, Forest Lake                     
7       Annalise Davis, 11, St Michael Albertville                
8       Maria Rickman, 12, Edina                                         
9       Leah Hansen, 12, Willmar                          
10     Allison Welch, 12, Rochester Century                      
11     Elizabeth Halbmaier, 12, Minnetonka                      
12     Morgan Richter, 10, Edina 
Honorable Mention:  Ingrid Bulceag-Ara, 10, Sartell;  Malakai Holloway, 12, Eden Prairie;  Brianne Brewster, 11, Lakeville South;  Natalee Sample, 11, Marshall           

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Heather Kampf's Latest Challenge

MSHSL's John Millea's feature on the new head girls XC coach at Apple Valley, Heather Kampf , who is also known on the pro running circuit as the Queen of the Road Mile.

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