Getting The Streit Story From Mounds View's Top Runner

Austin Streit of Mounds View Class of 2019

Personal Records

800m - 2:01.28

1600m - 4:22.43

2400m (xc) - 9:40.50

2500m (xc) - 9:46.90

3200m (xc) - 10:47.50

3200m - 9:41.84

2 Mile (xc) - 10:01.00

5K (xc) - 16:00.30

XC State 2017 - 14th place (All-State)

XC State 2016 - 52nd place

Where were you born, and what sports did you play growing up?

I was born in Maplewood Minnesota. I grew up playing a lot of basketball and baseball during my elementary and middle school days and I really enjoyed them but I eventually ended up quitting baseball in 7th grade because it got too boring for me. After my freshman basketball season I decided that running was more important so I quit basketball in order to run year round.

How many letters have you earned in high school?

I have ran cross country since my freshman year and track since 8th grade. I have received 3 letters in cross country and 2 letters in track and I am looking forward to adding another track letter in this coming spring.

Would you give us a play-by-play of the Section 5AA Meet?

Before the race I know that our team wasn't extremely nervous about if the team would make it to State or not, but we were all a little anxious to get a personal best because many of us hadn't had a great race yet this year. The weather conditions were not ideal with it being 44 degrees and 15-20 mph winds so our top 4 decided to go out behind the big front pack through the first and second miles and conserve our energy. Our 3rd and 4th runners eventually fell off of the front pack but my teammate Lukas Hessini and I were able to stay with them through most of the race. At around 4200 meters, Ben Olson from Blaine started to pick up the pace significantly. Both he and I were comfortably sitting in the front pack so when he decided to push the pace I went with him. At the end of the race I couldn't quite catch him but I got second place by one second and our second runner Lukas was only 2 seconds behind me. Overall it was our best race as a team and all of our varsity runners ran their fastest times of the year.  

How did things go at the extremely tough Suburban East Conference Meet the week before sections?

At our conference meet I went into the race knowing that there were a couple of really fast runners and with it being a fast course I knew that they might go out a little hard. Three individuals ended up breaking off at a very fast pace within the first mile and I decided to stay with the chase pack and see who would fall back to me. I ended up running in 4th place for most of the race and catching Charlie Babcock of Forest Lake at the very end to get third place. Acer Iverson from Roseville and Addison Stansbury from Stillwater were the individuals in front of me.

Did you win any cross country races this season?

I won the Rum River invitational in the 90 degree heat, so that was definitely a very interesting race. I decided to gap the rest of the field after the mile and take the rest of the race on my own and it worked out pretty well. I have not won any other races this season.