Top Storylines: 2022 Hamline Elite Meet One for the Ages

From left to right: Ava Cinnamo, Ava Fitzgerald, and Cecelia Woods


The Hamline Elite Meet was run for the first time since 2019 and boy it did not disappoint! The wind and rain put a damper on the meet, but the athletes were still able to rise to the occasion and make history. Almost 200 Minnesota teams were represented at the meet, a true gathering of Minnesota track and field. 

Related: Poll: Who was the Top Hamline Elite Meet Performer?

Overall, three meet records were broken, two all-time Minnesota top-five marks/times were set, 23 2022 boys and girls state-best times/marks were set, numerous school records were broken or shattered, and several performers cemented themselves as Minnesota state track and field legends. 

Results: Hamline Elite Meet 2022

Let's look in on some of the main storylines from the 2022 Hamline Elite Meet!

Max Reis Sprints Into History

Reis came into the meet as one of a handful of boys to run under 11.00 seconds in the 100m this season. By the end of the prelims though 10 of the boys at Hamline had accomplished that feat, and then all 9 boys ran under 11.00 seconds in the 100m final. Standing above them all though, was Specrums Max Reis. 

Reis, the reigning Class A State 100m Champion from 2021, showed that he had another level in the prelims with a big PR of 10.61, improving on his old PR of 10.84 from last season. A 10.61 in Minnesota is an incredible time that would rank top thirty all-time for a Minnesota boy, but Reis had other plans for a truly historical performance in the finals. 

In the finals, Reis breezed to a win with an incredible time of 10.41. His time of 10.41 broke the old meet record of 10.53 by Denzel Brown in 2017 and set a top-five time of all-time for a Minnesota boy. 

MN Boys All-Time 100m Dash Times

Hopkins High School
Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
Spectrum High School

Reis also won the boys 200m dash with a time of 22.41 over Chanhassens Tyrique Williams. 

Girls 100m Hurdles Race One for the Ages

In one of the fastest girl's 100m hurdles races of all-time in Minnesota, three of Minnesota's elite athletes squared off with only ten hurdles standing between them and a Hamline Elite Meet title. Ava Cinnamo, Shaina Zinter and Ava Fitzgerald ran the top three times in Minnesota this year, and all ran times that broke the old Hamline Elite Meet record of 14.48 by Karina Joiner in 2016. 

Overall six girls ran a sub 15.00 second 100m hurdles race, which would qualify them all for the top 120 times in Minnesota state history if they ran a new PR at this meet. 

Boys Set School Records Galore

Hamline is always one of the fastest meets of the year, and the competition is fierce, along with that comes many PRs, and this year, MANY school records were set! Below were some of the school records that were set on Friday:

Only includes new records, not an athlete breaking their own record*

AthleteSchoolEventNew RecordOld Record
Cole DonaheChanhassen400m49.5449.70
Nathan NelsonRochester CenturyPV14' 6"14' 6"
Alonn SalmanMoorhead100m10.6610.70
Andrew CaseyLakeville North1600m4:16.354:16.99
Finn McCormickNova Classical Academy3200m9:21.599:21.99
Blake NyenatiAndover110mH14.1914.32
Tyrique WilliamsChanhassen100m10.9811.09

SchoolEventNew RecordOld Record
Jordan (Boys)4x800m7:59.658:03.20
Moorhead (Boys)4x100m42.5542.94
Rosemount (Boys)4x100m42.5242.70
St. Cloud Cathedral (Boys)4x800m8:08.35?

Tony Nelson Throws the Shot into the History Book

Going into the meet, Nelson was already one of the best throwers in the state, and one of the better shot putters of all-time, but now he is on his way to cementing himself as one of the best throwers in state history, PERIOD. 

At the Hamline Elite Meet, Nelson finished 5th in the discus, with a throw of 147' 10", but he finished 1st the the shot put with a gargantuan throw of 64' 5.5" to win the event by 5' 3.25" over Rosemounts Hayden Bills. His throw shattered the previous meet record of 61' 4.75" by Maxwell Otterdahl. 

His throw of 64' 5.5" is the 5th best throw in Minnesota state history, and is only 1' 2.75" away from breaking the state record of 65' 8" set by Andover's Thomas Anderson. `