Tuesday, September 02, 2014

News: USTFCCCA NCAA DIIXC Regional Rankings; MIAC XC Athletes of the Week; UMAC Pre-Season Poll

USTFCCCA NCAA DII XC Regional rankings are HERE. UMD women first in the Central Region with four other NSIC schools in the top ten.  Winona State men ranked tenth.

MIAC Male HERE and female HERE XC Athletes of the Week

UMAC pre-season XC coaches poll for men is HERE, women HERE.

Gabe Grunewald 4th in Zagreb

Team USA Minnesota's Gabe Grunewald finished fourth in the 1,500 meters at the IAAF World Challenge Meet in Zagreb in 4:06.58.  Results are HERE.

Boy's HS XC Class AA Rankings

Minnesota Coaches Association Boy's AA Cross Country Rankings 
Week 1 (released 9/2/2014)

1              Wayzata
2              Edina
3              Stillwater
4              Hopkins
5              Minneapolis Washburn
6              Eden Prairie
7              White Bear Lake
8              Shakopee
9              Rosemount
10           Chaska
11           Bemidji
12           Chanhassen 
Other Teams receiving votes: Alexandria, Centennial, Eastview, Moorhead

1              Connor Olson, Wayzata
2              Eli Krahn, Stillwater
3              Joe Klecker, Hopkins
4              Alec Anderson, Chaska
5              Chase Cayo, Stma
6              Ian Eklin, Wayzata
7              Jaret Carpenter, Wayzata
8              Alex Berhe, Rosemount
9              Micah Mather, Highland Park
10           Logan Ramlet, Edina
11           Justin Hytinnen,  Farmington
12           Nick Wareham, Woodbury         
 Other Athletes receiving votes: Joey Duerr, Chaska; Bailey Hesse-Withbro, Stillwater; Faysal Mahmoud, Burnsville​

Girl's HS XC Class A Rankings



1.       Annandale
2.       Waseca                                   
3.       Perham                                    
4.       Lac Qui ParleValley-DB          
5.       Holy Family Catholic                
6.       Dover-Eyota                                      
7.       Luverne Area                         
8.       Trinity of River Ridge        
9.       St. Cloud Cathedral
10.     Park Rapids Area                    
11.     St. Paul Academy
12.     Holdingford

1.       Mary Naas             St. Paul Academy
2.      Becca Wilkins         Trinity of River Ridge
3.      Elizabeth Schlafke   Annandale
4.      Madison Schandelmeier   Luverne Area
5.      Tierney Winter       WEM-JWP
6.      Kailee Kiminski       Esko
7.      Rachel Salentiny      Heron Lake-Okabena
8.      Kayla Huhnerkoch  Redwood Valley Area
9.      Beth Stevermer       United South Cent.
10.    Ellie Nelson           Roseau
11.   Alaysia Freetly       Lac Qui Parle Valley-DB10.    
12.    Emily Donnay        Eden Valley-Watkins/K

Boy's HS XC Class A Rankings


1.       Martin County West                  
2.       Perham                                     
3.       Waseca                                     .     
4.       St. Cloud Cathedral                   
5.       Glencoe/Silver Lake                  
6.       Mora                                        
7        Minnehaha Acad.                       
8.       Canby/Minneota/LinHI         
9.       Mound Park Academy               
10.     Roseau                                      
11.     Plainview-Elgin-Millville       
12      Ely                                           

1.      Shane Streich        Waseca 
2.      Isaac Overmyer     Park Rapids
3.      Ephraim Bird        Minnehaha Academy
4.      Billy Beseman        Perham
5.      Mike Destache       St. Paul Academy
6.     Andrew Zachman  Holdingford
7.     Jake Petit               SW Christian
8.     Ben Burgett         Willmar Community Christian
9.     James Chelman  Glencoe/Silver Lake 
10.   John Roth            Lake Crystal/C.M.
11.   Alex Wischnack   Norwood/Young America
12.   John Mayo           Martin County West

Monday, September 01, 2014

Gene Niemi's Victory 10K Photo Album

Men's winner Dan Greeno(213) takes a glance over his shoulder as
he nears the finish.   Runner-up Aaron Easker(blue and white singlet)
checks on third place finisher Eric Loeffler(orange shoes).
Photo by Gene Niemi

Women's pack is together near the 2-mile mark.  Lauren Rice(535/4th place)
leads winner Taylor Berg(798), with Stephanie Price(yellow singlet/5th place)
and runner up Katie McGee(765) in the lead pack.
Photo by Gene Niemi

Masters champ Kelly Mortenson(796) checks on the
competition.  Photo by Gene Niemi

Berg heads for the finish.
Photo by Gene Niemi

Dan Greeno brings home the victory.
Photo by Gene Niemi

Mark Brunsvold wheels his daughter
Amanda through the course.
Photo by Gene Niemi

News: Victory 10K Results; Gopher Women's XC Intrasquad Meet; St. Cloud Apollo Invitational

Melissa Gacek finished second in
the women's Victory 5K and third in the 10K
Results from the Victory 10K are HERE(men) and HERE(women).  Victory 5K results are HERE.

The Gopher women opened the 2014 XC season with their intrasquad meet on Friday.  Results are HERE.

St. Cloud Apollo Invitational results HERE.

News: Peyton and Moore 12th in USATF 20K Championships; Greeno and Berg Win at Victory 10K

Incomplete results at this point, but Team USA Minnesota's Meghan Peyton finished twelfth in 1:15:15 at the New Haven 20K, which served as the US 20K road championship.  Full results are HERE.  Former TCTC runner Joe Moore finished twelfth in the men's race in 1:04:13  Closer to home, Dan Greeno won the men's race at the Victory 10K in an unofficial time of 30:51.  Taylor Berg was the first woman in 35:20.  The race is this year's USATF Minnesota 10K championship. More to come on both these events later.

Girl's HS Class AA XC Rankings

2014 - Girls Class AA Cross Country Rankings – Sept 1
1 Wayzata           
3 Eden Prairie
4 Minnetonka   
5 Forest Lake                   
6 Marshall 
7 East Ridge                      
8 Eagan
9 Bemidji          
10 Edina 
11 Lakeville South              
12 Chaska                           
Others receiving votes:  Austin, Totino-Grace, Alexandria, Roseville

1    Megan Hasz, 11                 Alexandria      
2    Bethany Hasz, 11              Alexandria               
3    Anna French, 12                Wayzata       
4    Jenna Truedson, 12           Bemidji                  
5    Tess Misgen, 10                 Shakopee  
6    Samantha Hanson, 12      Willmar
7    Maria Berg, 11                   New Prague 
8    Anna Van Wyk, 12            Eagan      
9   Lizzy Heil, 10                         St Michael-Albertville                 
10  Rachel King, 11                St Michael-Albertville                                   
11  Emily Covert, 8                 Mpls Washburn 
12  Jane Baue, 10                    North St Paul           
 Others receiving votes:
Lauren Peterson, 8          Farmington
Jasmyn Armstrong , 8      Red Wing

Emily Betz, 12                    East Ridge   

Sunday, August 31, 2014

News: MIAC XC Results; St. Olaf Showcase; Marshfield Invite; Ferlic/Burke

Augsburg women's dual meet with Bethel results are HERE.

Augsburg men's triangular meet results are HERE.
 Gustie Invitational results are HERE.

St. Ben's /St. Kate's dual meet results are HERE

Hamline Alumni Meet results are HERE(men) and HERE(women).

Summit Cup results with summaries from Macalester HERE and St. Thomas HERE.

St. Olaf/Macalester Women's Time Trial results are HERE.

St. Olaf Showcase results are HERE. Video of the race is HERE.

Wayzata's Connor Olson wades through the water on his way to a win
in the boy's race at the aptly named Marshfield Invitational.
Photo by Kraig Lungstrom
Marshfield Columbus Catholic Invitational results are HERE.  Video is HERE.

Mounds Park Academy grad Mason Ferlic ran 15:20.6 at the Michigan Open on Friday finishing second overall, first Wolverine.  Edina grad Will Burke placed fourteenth in 15:34.7.  Story and results are HERE.

Gene Niemi's Brit's Pub Vault Photo Album

Leslie Brost after a successful vault.
Photo by Gene Niemi

Brost in the runway with the Gopher's Sam Sonnenberg
passing the pile of poles.
Photo by Gene Niemi

Flying through the air without a trapeze, women's winner
Kalya Caldwell. Photo by Gene Niemi

Mitch Valli clears the bar.
Photo by Gene Niemi

Becky Holliday on the runway. Photo by Gene Niemi

Holliday in the pit after a successful vault.
Photo by Gene Niemi

Spectators on the lawn at Brits. Photo by Gene Niemi

A "bird's eye view" of the crowd. Photo by Gene Niemi

Men's vault winner Jeff Coover up
and over. Photo by Gene

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Vaulters Bring a Crowd to Brit's: Updated with Results

Kayla Caldwell finishes the winning vault. Photo by Mike McCarthy
Kayla Caldwell won the women's title and Jeff Coover the men's in the elite division of the Brit's Pub Vault Saturday night in downtown Minneapolis.  A capacity crowd spilled over onto the grass of the lawn bowling field transformed into a pole vault arena.  They clapped.  They cheered.  They rejoiced on the vaulter's clearances and moaned for misses.

Jeff Coover sets up for a vault. Photo by Mike McCarthy
While the majority of the crowd was track and field fans,  many spectators were watching a live vaulting event for the first time.  "I didn't know there were professional pole vaulters," said one spectator when it was explained to her that the vaulters she was watching warm up were pros.

Rich Krieger, father of Grant Krieger, who finished third to Mitch Valli in the Group B men's vault, renewing their high school rivalry, said the vault competition was a great event and that he hoped it would be held again next year.  He noted that he had gone to 20 street/beach/other special venue vaults and the Brit's event topped his list.
Mitch Valli wins men's group B. Photo by
Mike McCarthy

Caldwell said she had only done six events this year and was also impressed by Brit's.  "If they do it again next year, I'll be back," she said.  When asked if she had vaulted in competition after sundown, she said she had done a few.  She added that she was doing one more event this year, a cave vault in St. Louis.  "That'll be in the dark too, so this was good practice."

Zach Johnson won the men's Class C title.  Anna Posbergh won the women's Class C.  Alexis Kiefer won the women's Class B. Order of finish in the different categories are below(Still waiting on height info for the pro events-heights are in meters, when we get them all we'll convert to feet and inches.):

Pro Men

1-Jeff Coover
2-Mick Vicken
3-Jeremy Scott
4-Jordan Scott
5-Peter Geraghty
6-Shawn Francis

Pro Women
1-Kayla Caldwell
2-Becky Holliday
3-Leslie Brost
4-Sam Sonnenburg
5-Katie Murgic

Masters Men
1-Steve White 4.25
2-Trevor Richards 4.10
3-Jim Moeller 3.65
4-Joe Lohmann 3.65
5-Mike Harudke 3.50
6-Marty Proops 3.05

Masters Women
1-Laura Blackledge 3.50
2-Amie Chamberlain 3.05
3-Caroline White 2.90

Men's C
1-Zach Johnson 4.55
2-Jason Beutz 4.25
3-Blade Westaby 4.25
4-Michael Roth 4.25
5-Jake Dickmann 4.25
6-Windsor Molnar 4.25
7-Jonathan Heinz 4.25
8-Tony Marcinek 4.10
T-9-Reed McLevis 4.10
T-9-Jamie Steffen 4.10
11-Parker Nolden 3.95
12-AJ Walsh-Brenzie 3.65
13-Jon Hammerschmidt 2.75

Womens C
1-Anna Posbergh 3.28
2-Amanda Sonnenburg 3.05
3-Kendall Novak 2.90
T-4-Olivia Khauv 2.90
T-4-Brittany Tuberg 2.90
6-Maggie Harris 2.75

Mens B
1-Mitchell Valli 5.00
2-Joe Brehdal 4.85
3-Grant Krieger 4.85
4-Connor O’Neill 4.70
5-Matthew Fleigle 4.70
6-David Lindenberg 4.55
7-Garrett Riggs 4.55
8-Bryan Klister 4.40

Womens B
1-Alexis Kiefer 4.00
T-2-Esther Jandrich 3.65
T-2-Hannah Wallace 3.65
4-Abby Baier 3.35
5-Hannah Linder 3.35
6-Riley Claude 3.05

Leer and Grunewald Help Team USA Win DecaNation Championship in France

Will Leer and Gabe Grunewald helped the US team eek out a two point win in the team competition over host France on Saturday.  Leer was second in the 1500 in 4:10.68.  Team USA Minnesota's Grunewald finished fourth in the 800 in 2:07.8.  Full results are HERE. Team scores HERE.

Photo Essay: Brit's Pub Vault Underway

The pit is in. The hair is ready.  The sun is out.  The vaulters are flying at the Brit's Pub Vault.

Photos courtesy of TCTC and Mike McCarthy

Friday, August 29, 2014

News: Irish Invite; MIAC XC Preview

Boy's pack at the Irish Invite. Photo by Lance Elliott
Irish Invite boy's results are HERE.  Girl's are HERE.

MIAC XC preview is HERE.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kids City Cross League: Learning to Love Running

Coach Ilse Renner running a warm up with the Como team.
Photo by Tyler Morey
Twin Cities Track Cub’s Mike Reneau is not only an accomplished athlete, he’s a person with big ideas.  This weekend’s Brit’s Pub Vault is one of those ideas, another is the Kids City Cross League.that is designed to provide resources for developing both athletic talent and, hopefully, the beginning of a life-long love for running among grade school children in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

In addition to being elite runners, Reneau and Gopher grad Stephanie Price, who is the program’s volunteer coordinator, also coach high school athletes.  They observed that there is a disparity of resources within the inner cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul compared to the suburbs.  While suburban schools often have “feeder programs” that provide the opportunity for young athletes to get a head start on learning the skills necessary for success in their sport.  

The inner city kids don't get started in running until later, if at all.  "It's not that there is a lack of talent, it's a lack of opportunity." says Price

Soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, to name a few, all have youth programs, but there weren’t development/teaching programs for distance runners, said Reneau. Until now.  Thanks to a grant from Pepsico, TCTC has been able to launch the Kids City Cross League this summer. Running has the advantage of not needing lots of equipment to play, says Reneau. All you need is a park. 

Bryn Mawr team photo with coaches Ben Merchant(far left in white hat)
and Karl Heinzerling(on the far right in black shirt).
 Reneau had originally planned to start with the league with eight teams, but they got a late start.   and decided to begin with three teams instead--Como Park, Bryn Mawr, and Kingfield. Each team is supplied with the basics, said Price. Starting with a measuring wheel, a simple tool that shows the kids how courses are created and that they are a set distance. You can create short, medium, or long distances.  All you need are flags and cones to keep the runners on that newly measured course.  The cones have dual functionality in that they can also be used to mark an agility course for use doing drills that build strength in the legs and feet.

Each team has batons for relay events, emphasizing team building and having some fun.  Having fun being an important element for young kids.  Sometimes, Reneau says,  sometimes you have to trick the kids to get them started, introduce an element of play or a game, making the association  between running and fun.

For example, Elizabeth Yetzer, who is one of the coaches for the Como team, gets the kids going by playing a game.  "Gallop like the horses" being one of the fun drills taking advantage of the fact that they are based at Como Park where there is a zoo.

They are learning.  It's not all fun and games.  Each of the young runners gets a notebook and pen to record their workouts, and the times achieved in periodic time trials and/or races.  Each team also has first aid kits, stop watches, a water cooler,  flags, and all the runners get special Kids Cross League T-Shirts.

Coaches Missa Morey (green shirt) and Elizabeth Yetzer
(purple pants) under the rainbow. Photo by Tyler  Morey
The program goes through October 9 when the teams will compete against one another on Como Golf Course. "We hope the kids develop a love for running," says Price. A love they can experience for the rest of their life.

News: Mead Ends Season in Zurich; Top Returnees in NCAA DII;

Hassan Mead finishes seventeenth in 13:41.80 at the Weltklasse Meet in Zurich. "Ugly way to end the season. Not the way I wanted to end it but I had some good once along the ride." Mead wrote on Twitter.

USTFCCCA preview of the NCAA DII top female returnees HERE. Men http://www.ustfccca.org/2014/08/featured/loaded-field-of-returners-set-to-vie-for-division-ii-individual-mens-xc-crown

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

News: Canby/Minneota; Waseca; Eden Prairie girls; Luverne/HLO/Martin County West/Worthington, etc.; UNC; St Olaf Men Picked to Repeat as DIII Champs; NCAA DI National Rankings; Grand Canyon Run

Marshall Independent on the Canby/Minneota win at the Lakeview Invite HERE

Waseca County News rates Waseca boy's team "by the numbers" HERE and New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva HERE

Sun Current previews the upcoming season for the  the Eden Prairie girls XC team HERE

Worthington Globe pre season article on Luverne, Heron Lake-Okabena, Mountain County West and other area teams   HERE and HERE. Worthngton HS preview HERE.

Park Rapids Enterprise preview for the  United North Central  boy's and girl's teams HERE and the Park Rapids boy's and girl's teams HERE

St Olaf men's defending NCAA DIII champs are ranked number one in the USTFCCCA pre-season poll HERE.  Carleton and St. Thomas also ranked in the top 35.  Women's DIII national rankings are HERE.  Three MIAC teams are in the top 35.

NCAA DI pre-season national rankings for women HERE, men HERE. Gopher women ranked 25th.

Thinking of running the Grand Canyon?  New rules in force including applying for a special use permit. Info HERE.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

News: NXN Predictions for HS Girl's and Boy's Team Races; Perham; Springfield/Cedar Mtn Inv; USTFCCCA NCAA DIII Regional Rankings; Peyton; NSIC XC Coaches Rankings; Sprinters

Wayzata girl's picked by MileSplit to finish third at NXN after winng the title last year HERE.  Wayzata boys are named for fourth HERE.

Perham Focus coverage of the Perham girl's and boy's teams win season openers HERE.

Worthington Daily Globe summary of Springfield/Cedar Mountain  Invitational HERE.

USTFCCCA NCAA DIII Regional rankings are HERE. Four MIAC teams led by defending national champs St. Olaf are in the top ten for men.  Five MIAC teams led by Carleton plus UMAC's St. Scholastica in top ten for the women.

New Haven Register article on Team USA Minnesota's Meghan Peyton, the defending USATF women's 20K champ at the New Haven 20K, which is run on Labor Day HERE

NSIC coaches pre-season XC rankings HERE.

Some of the physical gifts and adaptations of the top sprinters is discovered HERE