Weekly Minnesota Track and Field Round-Up #2

Luke Labatte, Photo Courtesy of UND Track and Field


Every week our current and former MSHSL athletes do noteworthy things that aren't always highlighted or known about. This new weekly article will highlight those athletes that have done notable things on the track, outside of school, on the roads, and anywhere in between. We have so many amazing current and former athletes, and we'd love to highlight every single one if we could.

If you have any noteworthy accomplishments that you think warrant inclusion in this article, please reach out to State Editor, Ryan Kotajarvi, at ryankotajarvi@gmail.com

Tyson Mahar
East Grand Forks High School
Class of 2021

Mahar has recently committed to North Dakota State University. Mahar had a breakout cross country season in 2020 won 5 of his 7 meets and finished in 12th place at the TCRC XC Showcase for the small school boys. He is also one of the top boys track returners in the 3200m, owning a 9:41.20 PR. 

Ellie Moore, Alex Pundsack, Delia Johnson, and Molly Moening
Saint Paul Highland Park High School

These speedy Highland Park gals broke the 21-year-old school record in the 4x800m with a time of 9:38.60 which beat the old record of 9:43.22. 

Molly Moening
Saint Paul Highland Park
Class of 2022

Moening added to her impressive Highland park career by breaking her own school record in the 1600m. She had previously run a 5:07.65 back in 2018 at the State Meet but broke her record by running a 5:05.59. 

Allisa Knight

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School

Class of 2021

Knight broke her own BBE school record in the triple jump besting her jump of 33'8.75" with a jump of 34' even at the Sauk Centre Track and Field meet.  

Check out where these marks rank this season below
Boys | Girls

Heather Kampf
Rosemount High School
University of Minnesota

Kampf ran in the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships placing third overall with a 4:33.12 in the event that kicked off the Drake Relays. Kampf is an experienced road miler winning the USATF 1 Mile Road Championship a remarkable four times in her career. She won the event in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. 

Kobe Swanson
Mora High School
Class of 2021

Swanson broke his own Mora High School record in the long jump with a jump of 21-10.5. His old record was 21-5.75 at the Section 5A Championships in 2019.

Mehlayna Straub
Southwest Christian High School
Class of 2023

Straub broke two Southwest Christian school records. Her throw of 84'10" in the discus beat the old record of 74'10". Teammate Felicia Luther also broke the old record with a throw of 75'8". Straub also broke the school's triple jump record with a jump of 33"00".

Luke Labatte, Zach Long, Jack Vetsch, and Connor McMannes
Rosemount High School, Chanhassen High School, Waseca High School, and Woodbury High School

An all Minnesota boys squad managed to take down the University of North Dakota school record in the distance medley relay at the Drake Relays. Vetsch handled the 400m in 49.00, McMannes handled the 800m in 1:52.55, Long did the 1200m in 3:04.35, and Labatte did the 1600m in 4:09.70. This all combined for an overall time of 9:55.59.