Track And Field
For many of America’s best Paralympics athletes, St. Paul is the center of attention this weekend. The U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships are at Hamline University, with about 200 of the top Americans competing.
How do you become a hurdler? “You’ll meet a lot of kids at meets that are just like, ‘Ah, my coach threw me in this (laughs),'” St. Croix Lutheran hurdler Jon Tollefson said. Tollefson’s introduction to the hurdles freshman year was similar to most.
Gwen Jorgensen became the first woman to win six career ITU World Triathlon Series events, topping the field Saturday at Grant Park. Jorgensen, the Olympian from St. Paul, Minnesota, completed the 1,500-meter swim, 38.1-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 55 minutes, 33 seconds.
Blaine High School’s Caleb Butler can run. In fact, he can do just about anything he sets his mind to. That’s what makes him special, according to Coach Rob Nick. “He’s a coach’s dream. He does everything we ask of him, his effort is always outstanding, he gives us 100 percent,” Nick said. “He’s just an amazing athlete. His strength is unbelievable, and for a kid to be 6’3′, 220 and to run 110 hurdles. He ran 300 hurdles, shot disc, he’s going to run a 4X1 for us.”
Family, friends and teammates remembered the life of a college athlete killed in a tragic accident. Phillip LaVallee was a cross country and track star at Monticello High School and was heading into his sophomore year at South Dakota State. The 19-year-old was hit and killed last month while out on a training run, three miles from his parents’ home in Otsego.
Natalie and Elena Windels share both a last name and a passion for track and field. “I like how you just get to accelerate and, like, just use all your power and try and finish and do the best that you can,” Elena said. Her sister Natalie is more succinct. “I just like running,” Natalie said. James Pipkens, the head sprints coach for Apple Valley High School, works closely with the sisters. He says there may be some sibling rivalry going on.
There’s something Cretin-Derham Hall sprinter Megan Linder tells herself every time she steps in the blocks. “Just, ‘I believe I can do it.’ It’s kind of hard to say you can do it, because I’m a really humble person. I don’t always say, like, ‘I just gonna win.’ It’s never like that for me. It’s like, ‘Gotta believe it to achieve it,’” Linder said.
One day of rest a month. Just one. That rigid regimen’s one of the reasons the human gazelle Taylor Berg could bring home an NCAA crown this weekend.
Disclaimer: Male readers especially, unless you are eager for a self-conscious day at the gym tomorrow, I’d advise you to stop read right … about … now. When Hamline’s three-time All-American thrower Becky Culp hits […]
It’s no secret. Many Minnesotans are sick of the long winter season and so are thousands of high school students who’ve had to practice inside and cancel games.
Minnesota high school spring sports started practice this week. But with the weather being what it is, they’ve been relegated indoors.
Last week, WCCO anchors competed in basketball, beach volleyball and badminton as part of the Anchor Olympics. On Thursday, it was track day, and Chris Shaffer and Frank Vascellaro got a much needed lesson on running sprints.
The first Wednesday in June is designated as National Running Day, which means it’s time to get your running shoes on.
We’re entering the really busy stretch of the high school spring sports season. That’s right, it’s early June and it’s championship week for several spring sports around the state.
The year was 1990, and Leonard Jones was jumping. He combined with teammate Martez Williams to win a state team track title.
Many great athletes come from humble beginnings, but for his entire life, Mark Braun has been fighting to overcome obstacles. He was born with spinal bifida, a birth defect that left his legs upside down and crossed.