Senior Ricardo Twinawe is a triple jumper from Woodbury High School, so you know he must be good. And with a career best of nearly 45 feet, he has champion-sized goals both this year and beyond.
Mariah Schoeder, already a great basketball and volleyball player for Caledonia, did track for the first time last fall as a junior, and ended up earning All State honors in two events.
Christian Leonard went from 8th-to-2nd in the last 200 meters when he qualified for State in the mile as a sophomore, and the Elk River senior still has a lot of kicking left to do.
Lucas Mueller went from being hardly able to stand to finishing 8th at last fall's Class A XC Meet in a span of three weeks. And the Nova Classical Academy senior has a work ethic to match his toughness.
Jordan junior Owen Keiser suffered an ill-timed stress fracture just before Sections last track season, killing his All-State dreams that year. But as he proved last fall in XC, he's back and stronger than ever.
Minneapolis South senior Malachi Lossow achieved All-State honors in both the 100 and the 200 last year, and he lists among the contributions to his success his four sprint coaches and a pink plastic fish.
Eric Rousemiller is off to a great start this season as he already possesses a nearly-62 foot throw, but the Lakeville South senior also has received rave reviews for both his football skills and dancing ability.
Ely's Josh Heiman was a mere 8th-grader the first time he competed at State in the triple jump. Now a senior, the All-State football and track star is one of the premier jumpers in the state.
Hurdling was in Luke Heitman's blood, as his dad was the former school record holder at Borup High school (before they were Ada-Borup), which he aims to break this year. That, along with winning State too...
Springfield senior Vishe Rabb isn't exactly the biggest fan of the 400 meter dash, but that didn't stop her from being the Class A runner-up in the 400 last spring.
Hills-Beaver Creek senior and triple-sport star Zach Scholten is a rare breed of track athlete, as both an All-State jumper and successful thrower. He aims for his third State appearance for high jump in 2017.
Few of Minnesota's top runners have come as far as Wayzata senior Jeremy Gilbertson, who was a thrower in middle school before joining the distance team to get in shape for hockey.
Senior Tate Sweeney, yet another superb talent from Edina High School, is the 2016 Class AA runner up in the 800 meters and made history with her 4x800 teammates last year as well.
Matt Wilkinson started his cross country career as a freshman by accidentally doing a hill workout with Minnestonka's Varsity squad, but everything ended up working out just fine for the now-All-State senior.
Rochester Century senior Katie Eidem can both jump and run with the best in the State, but if her seven-inch improvement in the high jump last year was any indication, she might just be scratching the surface.
Reigning Class AA high jump champion Anthony Fleischfresser, a senior from Spring Lake Park, has his eyes set on the oldest record in the book this spring, and he might just be determined enough to do it.
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Keylan Jackson has been running since we was six, and winning national medals for nearly as long. Now, the St. Paul Johnson junior has a great opportunity to put his name in the record books.
Isaiah Nelson of Hutchinson chose to follow in the footsteps of his birth father in becoming a triple jumper, and is aiming to make it back to State for the third time in that event.
Shakopee's Tess Misgen is on the comeback trail after missing last track season with an injury, but a 4th-place finish at the XC State Meet last fall is a good indication that she is even stronger than ever.
Wayzata Senior Gemechu Meskele didn't move to the US from Ethiopia until five years ago, and didn't start running until he moved to the US. But it didn't take long for him to emerge as an All-State athlete.
Molly Roach of Bloomington Jefferson is one of Minnesota's top returning 800 meter runners, and a key part of their great relay teams, but nevertheless struggles with disposing old uneaten pre-meet snacks.
Edina junior Emily Kompelien made history with her teammates last spring as they became the first Minnesota high school ever to break 9 minutes in the girls 4x800, one of many stellar accomplishments.
Anastasia Korzenowski has been making high school running fans trip over her name for six years now, and coming off a career-best third-place finish in last fall's XC championships, she still has a lot left.
Alex Spillum certainly made a lot of noise as Chanhassen's star quarterback last fall, but he is equally skilled at leaping into sand pits, and he figures to make a lot of noise doing that this spring as well.
East Ridge junior Allyson Weiss has been dominating the triple jump ever since she was in 8th grade, and as the defending Class AA champion, she dreams to leave her name in the state record books.
Belle Plaine senior Selin Dikman is adding a new event to her already-impressive repertoire, and could make as much impact in the 200 meters as she did as the reining Class A 100 hurdles runner-up.,
Emma Gilbert of International Falls is not only one of Minnesota's top returning throwers for the 2017 season, but she also has high aspirations to help her relay teams return to State as well.