Washburn High School has been a consistent producer of top caliber runners. A few recent graduates include Andrew Sell and Hamza Ali. Joseph Minor will add his name to this impressive group of alumni after he finishes up his final high school track season this spring. Minor has an impressive high school career under his belt, and this week I got a chance to catch up with him in order to reflect on his high school career and look ahead to the years to come.
As with many other runners, Minor did not start out in cross country and track. Prior to his freshman year, he had never run. Instead, he had played football, baseball, and wrestled. It was during his baseball days that he became acquainted with current teammate, Caleb Haugland.
Minor's first cross-country win came at the Ron Kresch Invitational (over yours truly) and has built an impressive resume since that point. His sophomore year was marked with an historic upset in Section 6AA, known informally as the "Section of Death," where Washburn qualified for State cross-country over Edina. Minor went on to help that Washburn team place second overall at State. "We spent most of that season never thinking we would make it to State!" Minor recalled of his proudest moment to date.
With the graduation of team leaders, Hamza Ali, Andrew Sell, and Martin Donovan, the reigns of the Washburn team were passed onto Minor. "It was challenging not having those guys to pace with on hard days and I had to learn how to push myself harder," he said, but his results continued to speak for themselves. Minor finished that season with an 8th place finish at State, in a field that included numerous current D1 athletes. He went on to run his fist sub-16 minute 5k at Nike Cross Heartland, an improvement of roughly two minutes from his freshman year!