After impressive improvements from each of her pervious two seasons, Allison Lardy's junior season at Fairmont saw her soar to the brink of a Class A title in the shot put.
Rocori High School's multi-talented soon-to-be-senior Brynn Sauer helped lead her team to remarkable success at True Team State this year, even in spite of a hamstring injury that kept her out for much of it.
Jebeh Cooke will be a senior at North St. Paul for the 2017-18 school year. Along with helping win two State relay titles and shatter a state record, she came home with a nice fifth-place finish in the 200 meters.
Morgan Lawler is a graduated senior at Rosemount High School who qualified for State in the 800 meter run this year, and she also made it as part of a 4 X 400 relay at the end of her sophomore year.
Noah Shafer's senior season for Lakeville South could hardly have gone better. Last year's 7th-place Class AA pole vaulter won the Hamline Elite Meet and vaulter 15-3 before taking home the State title.
The success of Cloquet's graduated 5'4" senior Isaac Boedigheimer, twice an All-State XC runner and last fall's 6th-place Class AA finisher, provides yet another reminder that talent can come in all sizes.
Esko's graduated senior Dawsen Cossalter is fresh off a hugely successful senior T&F campaign, which was him win Class A State in the 200 and finish runner-up in the 100.
Rebecca Manteuffel is a senior at Mayer Lutheran High School. One of the top throwers in Class A, the four-time state qualifier will be gunning for a championship this afternoon at the State Championships.
Ellie Haland is a senior at Math & Science Academy of Woodbury. She has participated in the state cross country meet twice, and was 6th in the 800 meter run for Class A last spring.
Aleece Durbin of Crookston is certainly an accomplished track athlete, but the All-State hurdler is also one of the most accomplished ice skaters in Minnesota.
Lexi Erickson is a senior from International Falls. She has qualified for State four times in XC and twice in track, and excels in one of the most unique event combos in high school track; high jump and distance.
Lexie Chambers is a resilient senior who competes for Jordan. Despite numerous injuries to both knees in her high school career, she has worked her way to being an All Conference and State-qualifying athlete.
Mankato East senior Roderick Miller is an integral part of Mankato East's sprinting crew, who intend to defend their 4x400 State title. And he can make some waves in the individual competition at State as well.
Drew is a senior pole vaulter at Holdingford High School. He is not only an excellent all-around athlete, but a very serious student!
Claire Boersma helped head her Marshall teammates to remarkable success, including a runner-up finish at XC State in 2015. She hopes to finish out her high school career on a strong note and a great 4x800 effort.
Perham senior Brynnan Covington helped lead the Perham girls to their first XC Championship in 2015, and in 2016 finished 3rd at State. And as her high school career winds down, she's leaving nothing behind...
Eric VanErp is a senior for Ottertail Central (a co-op between Battle Lake, Henning, and Underwood High Schools), and is one of Minnesota's best all-around jumpers.
Mankato West junior Aliyah Dawkins helps form one of Minnesota's best high jumping duos together with Erica Benson, and adds a mean long jump and solid hurdling ability to the mix as well.
Mara Quam is wrapping up a legendary athletic career at Kenyon-Wanamingo, including All-State honors in each of her three sports. Another State Championship would be a fitting way to end it.
Ellyssa Peterson is a senior for Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin. She has been running since 7th grade and has been instrumental in helping build the GNK XC program from five to fifty over the last six years.
Isaac Berg of Bemidji has gone to State for cross county three times, peaking last fall with a 9th place finish in 16:11 for Class AA. He also ran in the 4x800 relay in the 2016 State Track & Field Championships.
Courtney West is a junior at Triton High School. She was a school record-breaking All-Conference runner last year in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, and has improved in 2017 in those events to 5:10 and 11:13.
Maple Grove senior Alex Miley was the 2016 MN Gatorade XC runner of the year after his 15th-place finish at NXN, and with his victory in the Hamline Elite 1600, his track season is in good shape too.
Southand senior Peter Torkelson has come a long way since some recklessness landed him in trouble in 7th grade, but he came out of that experience with a love for running that won't soon die.
Woodbury senior Nathan Bursch is a hard-working football recruit for the Gophers, but he makes time to be one of Minnesota's top throwers too.
Declan Dahlberg is a junior at Mounds Park Academy. He won the Boys Class A XC title in 15:59.6 last fall, and was 4th in the 3200 and 6th in the 1600 in the 2016 Boys Class A Track & Field Meet.
After two years of doing track mostly out of fun, Austin senior Amber Hansen didn't really start to realize her potential until last year. When she did, she turned herself into a record-breaking, college-bound thrower.
Mark Swann of Elk River is a All-State sprinter and a competitive chef who won't let his senior season be cut short by a pulled hamstring.
Farmington Sophomore Lauren Peterson (pronounced "Lau-REN") was the 2016 Ages 15-16 USATF Junior Olympics champion in the 1500, and is coming off a victory in the 2016 Hamline Elite 1600.
Saint Peter senior Katie Schilling started her track career as a distance runner, and has tried a wide range of events, but eventually found her home in the hurdles where she is an All State athlete.