Patrick Leonard, of Wayzata, is the top returner in the 800. The junior placed 6th in the event last year (behind a slew of seniors), and is in a strong position to challenge for the title this year. Leonard showed remarkable consistency in the event last year as he never failed to break 2-minutes. Of course, one must keep in mind that Leonard faces much competition, largely from some of his own teammates Frank Fetrow and Anders Sonnesyn, to simply get out of his stacked section. He will have to be in top form throughout the championship season to collect the 800 meter title!
Fetrow, a senior, did not compete in the open 800 at sections last year, however, his PR of 1:56 shows his potential for an extended run in the championship season. Teammate Anders Sonnesyn will also be vying for one of the two qualifications out of the section. Sonnesyn, an outstanding nordic skier, has experience on some of the largest stages including NIke Cross Nationals, and the Junior National Nordic Skiing Championships which Sonnesyn has qualified for every year since 8th grade.
John Starkey, the junior from Chaska, will be hot on the Wayzata boys' tails. He was the section 2AA champion last year, and went on to finish just behind Leonard, in 8th place at State last year. Cooper Jackson, a senior from Lakeville South also has an impressive resume, finishing 7th last year.
The duo of Addison Stansbury and Noah Johnson from Stillwater will likely be among the potential medalists, depending on which events they choose to do, and Tim Morgenstern of Eastview brings a strong PR of 1:56 to the field. As always, there are a multitude of athletes who could very well upset the above mentioned people, however, it is impossible to name them all. There will definitely be athletes who have put in the work over the winter and make the 'jump' to the top of the field, and with over 20 boys returning with sub-2:00 PRs it is anybody's guess as to who will come out on top.