Meet Your Distance Champions, Emily Covert and Joe Klecker

After days of voting, we have crowned our sprints champions! In some close votes, our winners are Joe Klecker from Hopkins High School and Emily Covert from Minneapolis Washburn. Let' meet your winners!

Emily Covert
Minneapolis Washburn High School
University of Colorado 

  • PRs: 1600m- 4:47.34 (3rd fastest of decade, 4th MN all-time), 1 mile- 4:56.30, 3200m- 10:06.19 (fastest MN all-time without conversion), 2 mile- 10:05.19 (fastest 3200m MN all-time via conversion)
  • New Balance Nationals Outdoor Runner-up 2-mile (2018)
  • Class AA State Champion 3200m (2018)
  • Class AA State Runner-up 3200m (2017) & 1600m (2018)
  • Class AA State Medalist 3200m (2016, 19)
  • Class AA State Medalist 1600m (2017)
  • 4x Section 6AA Champion 3200m (2015, 17-19)
  • Section 6 AA Champion 1600m (2018)

Joe Klecker
Hopkins High School
University of Colorado 

  • PRs: 800m- 1:56.44, 1600m- 4:06.54, 1 mile- 4:04.15 (converts to fastest 1600m of decade, 2nd fastest MN all-time), 3200m- 8:50.12 (fastest of decade, 5th MN all-time), 2 mile- 8:59.45
  • Gatorade Minnesota Boys Track & Field Player of the Year - 2015
  • Adidas Grand Prix Boys Dream Mile 4th (2015)
  • Class AA State Champion 1600m & 3200m (2015)
  • Class AA State Medalist 1600m & 3200m (2014)
  • 2x Section 6AA Champion 1600m & 3200m (2014-15)

Now a quick reminder of what this is.

What Is This?

Over the next several weeks MileSplit Minnesota will be rolling out brackets broken down by discipline. Fans can vote for who they think is the top athlete in each discipline. In the end, we will be crowning the top track and field athlete in the state of Minnesota as selected by the fans.

The Setup

We've selected 16 boys and girls for each discipline based on their times, performances, and accolades during this past decade and placed them in a bracket of head-to-head matchups where your poll votes on the next page will determine who advances.


Athletes included are from the period between 2010 and 2019. Mid-distance is based solely on 400 and 800 times. Distance is based on 1600m and 3200m times. Sprints is based on 100m and 200m times. Hurdlers are based on 110m HH and 300m HH times. Relays were taken into consideration on an individual basis. Throwers are based on discus and shot put. Jumps is high jump, long jump, triple jump, and pole vault all rolled into one category.

How This Works

Athletes are seeded based on times, performances, and accolades. After each round, the athlete with the most votes in their matchup will advance to the next round. Voting will begin at 10 a.m. CT for each round of voting, voting will end at 2 p.m. CT for each round. Be sure to spread the word to advance your favorites into the next round!

Each discipline (Distance, Mid-Distance, Hurdlers, Throwers, Sprints, Jumps) will have a winner from the boys and girls bracket. After we are done with all brackets there will be one final bracket with all 6 boys and girls winners, plus the next two highest vote-getters (from all rounds) from the boys and girls. These 16 athletes will then compete on separate sides of a bracket all culminating in a boy vs. girl final to determine the champion of champions.


Boys and girls Mid-Distance June 10-20

Boys and girls Throwers June 21 - July 1

Boys and girls Sprints July 3-13

Boys and girls Distance July 14-24

Boys and girls Hurdles July 25 - August 4

Boys and girls Jumps August 5- 15

Boys and girls Finals August 16-26