Which State Qualifying Athletes Improved The Most From 2016?

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Something that is universally lauded and celebrated is self-improvement. When someone works really hard at what they do not only so that they can be the best that they can be, but also so they can experience the thrill and exhilaration of seeing themselves improve. Cross Country runners are no different, and for many of the 704 athletes on Saturday, they experienced that exhilaration, not only in being able to run their best in 2017, but remember how far they have come. 

We sorted through the results of every athlete who competed on Saturday and checked out how their time at State compared to their best performance from 2016. True to form, there are a ton of big improvements in that list, like those of Eden Prairie's Jake Derouin or Edina's Katherine Berube. Derouin did not qualify for State last year, and wasn't even able to run in that many races, but his 21st-place finish at State on Saturday marked an improvement of well over a minute from his 2016 best. Berube's 18:49 time and 23rd-place finish at State is such a far cry from her 27-plus minute performances of 2016 (a drop of over eight minutes!) that she might as well be crowned the Queen of Turnarounds.

Check out the rest of our list and see who else improved from 2016!

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