Every year since 1992, the Minnesota State Cross Country Championships have been held on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. That is 26 competitions, hundreds of races, thousands of teams, tens of thousands of athletes, hundreds of thousands of spectators, and millions of meters run. Next year St. Olaf will tie the University of Minnesota's Les Bolsted Golf Course (which hosted from 1964 through 1990) as the longest-running host site for the State competition.
Of course, while the location hasn't changed, that doesn't mean the meet itself hasn't seen a few things come and go. The girls run a different distance now - they ran 3200 meters in 1992 and 1993, and then 4000 meters every year after that until 2015. The base 5000 meter course has been adjusted too, with tweaks being made in 1993, 1994, 2002, 2003, and 2015. But one thing that will always remain is the memories. The course has seen dominant siblings like Kara and Kendall Wheeler, Jake and Luke Watson, Garrett and Elliott Heath, and Megan and Bethany Hasz. There have been drag races to the finish line, like Hassan Mead and Jonathan Stublaski in 2006 (pictured above), and Declan Dahlberg and Matt Steiger in both 2016 and 2017. Legends like Maria Hauger, Nick Schneider, and Carrie Tollefson have left their mark, as have legendary teams like Stillwater boys 1997, Staples-Motley boys 1999, Willmar boys 2006, Wayzata girls 2013, or any one of Duluth East's seven consecutive girls championship teams from 1992 through 1998. And that is only the obvious ones. There is so much rich history and so many treasured memories beyond those that we could never put it into words if we tried. But we can help piece that picture together.
So without further ado, check out the fastest 1000 boys and 1000 girls performances at the State Championships in the St. Olaf Era!