Jodi Lipp And The Leap - A Interview

Jodi Lipp, Saint Cloud Tech High School Class of 2018

Personal Bests:

100 meters: 12.30

200 meters: 25.55

400 meters: 59.38

Long Jump:  19' 0.5"

Triple Jump:  39' 10.05

Splits: 4 x 100 (11.8)

           4 x 200 (25.2)

           4 x 400 (58.7)

MSHSL Record:

2017 3rd place long jump; 2nd place triple jump; 9th place 100; 11th place 200

2016 3rd place long jump; 2nd place triple jump

2015 4th place long jump; 9th place 100

2014 6th place long jump; 4 x 200 relay participants

2013 9th place 4 x 200 relay


What were the first sports you participated in as a youngster and where were you born?

My first sport I participated in was gymnastics when I was 3 years old.  I started track and field in the summers when I was 10.  I was born in St Cloud, MN.


What sports do you play now and have you been to state in any other sport besides track & field?

I have been a part of the Tech High School Gymnastics team at the Varsity level for 4 years. As a team we were State Champions in 2016 and runner ups in 2017 and 2015. We also qualified as a team in 2018.  The reason why we did so poorly this year is because one girl had a broken ankle and another sustained ACL injury. I qualified as an individual also in Vault and Bars 3 years, and my highest finish was placing 8th in Vault this year.

I have been on the varsity track & field team since 7th grade and have been to the state meet every year. I have been All-State 9 times and I also was the St Cloud Times Track and Field Athlete of the Year.  In the summer of 2016 I was a two-time All-American in the long jump and the 4 x 100 relay.  My best performances in the long jump and triple jump rank in the top ten in the history of Minnesota track & field.


Who has coached you over the years?

Craig Aycock has been my head coach since my 9th grade year.  He took over the distance running program but also watches over the big picture for our girls team.

David Knutson is my jumps coach.  He has been with me since the seventh grade.  He has worked closely with a few other coaches and made me the jumper I am.

Melvin Anderson helped me a lot with my sprinting in the summer after my sophomore year.  He also gave me some tips on the jumps.  He coaches the Track Minnesota Elite team which practices three times per week.  It's about an hour and a half drive for me to get there but it was worth it because my sprinting improved a lot after working in that program.