Minnesota has a knack for consistently churning out top caliber athletes. It is well known that the transition from the high school level to the collegiate level is a huge jump, and to navigate this and continue to be competitive is no easy feat! This week we take a look at some Minnesota alumni who have excelled on both the high school and collegiate level. Their successes in high school include numerous state championships, state and school records, and dozens of other honors, while their successes in college range from representing the United States at the World Championships to winning conference championships in their freshman years!
Here are just a few of Minnesota's finest products having success at the college level!
Lucas Mueller, Carleton College (Nova Classical High School):
Mueller burst onto the stage his senior year of high school, winning the Class A State title in the 3200 meters. He has made the transition to college seamlessly and has posted some very impressive times this indoor season. Mueller has a 4:19 mile and 8:21 3-kilometer under his belt. At the MIAC Championship last weekend, Mueller ran a Herculean total of 10600 meters! He was the conference champion in the 1k, 3k, and the DMR (which he ran the anchor 1600m leg). He finished second to teammate Matt Wilkinson
(of Minnetonka fame) in the 5k. And just yesterday, Muller's 3k run of 8:21.48 will qualify him for the DIII Championships in that event. And to top if all off, Mueller received a well-deserved honor of the MIAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Mueller's performances this season have proven that Carleton seems to have struck gold with the Nova grad.
Jaret Carpenter, Purdue University (Wayzata High School):
Carpenter enjoyed a dominant career at Wayzata. In his prep career he placed fourth at Nike National his senior year, won three individual state championships, and was a part of the Wayzata team that included multi-time State Champion Connor Olson. Carpenter placed seventh in the Big Ten Cross Country Championship this past fall, and he broke (now professional runner) Matthew McClintock's 5-kilometer school record in a time of 13:49 this indoor season. Carpenter currently ranks #20 in the country. Last Saturday he placed 5th at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Bethany Hasz and Megan Hasz, University of Minnesota (Alexandria High School): The Hasz twins had one of the most dominant high school careers in history. Trading off with each other, the sisters captured numerous state titles and All-American awards at Nike Nationals. Bethany (in the photo on the right) recently broke the school 3-kilometer indoor record, running a time of 9:13, beating Megan Duwell's 2010 record of 9:17. Meanwhile, Megan now sits 8th in program history in th 3k, and 6th in the 5k. The twins finished 7th and 8th in the Big Ten 3k last weekend, and Megan came back the next day to finish 5th in the 5k, while Bethany also took 6th in the mile. They were instrumental in the Gopher Women's NCAA qualification for cross country, and they scored valuable points to help capture the Big Ten indoor team title. In only their first year of eligibility, the Hasz twins are poised for outstanding collegiate careers.
Rachel Schow, University of Minnesota (Rosemount High School):