Minnesota T&F Athletes Show Up Big at Nationals


All the big national track and field meets were held this week in adidas Outdoor Nationals, NSAF Nationals, and New Balance Nationals Outdoor. This year Minnesota athletes were represented at NSAF Nationals and New Balance Nationals with exceptional results. 

Here we look at the Minnesota boys who competed and how they fared in their event(s).

Results: New Balance Nationals | adidas Outdoor Nationals | NSAF Nationals


Noah Breker
NSAF Nationals
Events: Mile & 2-Mile

Breker made state history in Oregan in the boy's Championship 2-mile when he became just the 6th Minnesota boy all-time to run under 9 minutes in the 2-mile race. Breker ran a time of 8:54.53 to finish 2nd at nationals just a split second behind Myles Hogan. His 2-mile time of 8:54.53 converts to an 8:51.43 3200m, which ranks 6th all-time among Minnesota boys. He is only behind Elliott Heath, Mike Torchia, Rob Finnerty, Hassan Mead, and Joe Klecker. 

In the Championship mile, Breker ran 4:16.42 for a 32nd place finish. 

Shaina Zinter
NSAF Nationals
Event: Heptathlon

Zinter again competed in the heptathlon at nationals for the second year in a row. After finishing in 5th place with 4,975 points last year, she finished as the national champion this year with 5,122 points. With her 5,122 points, she beat out runner-up Evie Culbreath by over 400 points. 

Zinter took the win with remarkable winning performances in the girl's 200m, 800, and javelin heptathlon events. Most impressive is that Zinter PR'd by about 6 seconds in the 800m with a time of 2:10.47 which is the 9th fastest 800m time all-time by a MN girl. 

Abbey Nechanicky
New Balance Nationals Outdoor
Event: 3200m

Nechanicky continued her impressive comeback season (after injury) this spring with a 3rd place finish in the girl's 2-Mile Championship race. Nechanicky ran a 10:10.07 to finish third overall behind Angelina Perez and Zariel Macchia. 

This was Nechanicky's first 2-mile race (in our database) ever. Her converted 2-mile time of 10:10.07 converts to a 10:06.53 3200m, which would be a 3-second PR for Nechanicky. Her previous best 3200m was 10:09.50 from this year's State Championships.

With that converted time, Nechanicky now ranks 2nd all-time among Minnesota girls in the 3200m for 3200m and converted 2-mile times. She is only behind Emily Covert who ran a 2-mile time of 10:05.19 that converts to a 10:01.67 3200m time.

Sam Scott
NSAF Nationals
Event: 2-Mile and 4x1-Mile Relay

He was so so so close!!! Sam Scott almost became just the 6th Minnesota boy to break the 9:00 barrier in the 2-mile with his time of 9:01.14 in the boy's Championship race. Scott finished 9th overall in the Championship race with a time of 9:01.14. His 2-mile time converts to 8:58.40, which would rank him 9th all-time for a converted 3200m time. 

In the boy's 1-mile relay, Scott ran with teammates Ben Batalden, Owen Lindseth, and Ruben Margolis. They finished 4th overall with a time of 18:05.60. Scott ran a split of 4:27.04. 

Andrew Casey
New Balance Nationals Outdoor
Events: 400m & 800m

Lakeville North's Andrew Casey competed in the boys 800m Championship race and the boys 400m Rising Stars race at New Balance with exceptional results. In the 800m Championships, Casey ran a 1:51.60 for a 7th place finish. Casey was only 1.43 seconds from 2nd place overall, and 0.46 seconds away from winning his heat. 800m winner, Cade, Flatt ran a 1:46.48 to beat everyone else out by almost 4 seconds for comparison. 

In the 400m Rising Stars race, Casey finished 12th overall with a time of 50.07. His 800m time of 1:51.60 is a new state best time for 2022. 

Robert Mechura
New Balance Nationals Outdoor
Events: 3000m & 2-Mile

Roseville freshman Robert Mechura competed in the freshman boys 3000m and 2-Mile races at New Balance, finishing 5th in the 3000m and 2nd in the 2-mile (out of 8 runners). Mechura ran a 9:09.49 in the 3000m and a 9:45.13 in the 2-mile. Both marks were well off his 9:30.19 3200m PR from the Section 5AAA Championships. 

William Skelly
NSAF Nationals
Event: Mile & 4x800m Relay

Skelly, Elliott McArthur, Victor Lelinga, and Maximus Gregory broke their own state record in the boys 4x800m at nationals with a 3rd place finishing time of 7:36.72 to break their own record by about 3 seconds. They had previously broken the long-time state record held by Stillwater earlier this season. 

Skelly also ran in the boy's championship mile where he finished in 10th place with a time of 4:11.98 which is just off his personal best time. 

Ava Cinnamo
NSAF Nationals
Events: 100mH, 400mH, Long Jump, & Triple Jump

Cinnamo had a packed schedule at nationals competing in four events. Overall Cinnamo had a successful meet with a 3rd place finish in the triple jump, 8th in the long jump, 11th in the 100m hurdles, and 13th in the 400m hurdles. 

Calia Chaney
NSAF Nationals
Events: 800m & Mile

Pequot Lakes Calia Chaney came out of Oregon a champion with her win in the girls 800m Emerging Elite. Chaney ran a time of 2:12.67 to take the Emerging Elite win by just under a second. This is a new personal best time for Chaney and is the 9th fastest 800m time all-time by a Minnesota sophomore girl. 

Chaney also ran in the girl's Championship mile where she finished in 27th place with a time of 5:04.18. This equates to a 1600m time of 5:02.42 which is well off her PR of 4:56.83. 

Rochester Century Girls
NSAF Nationals
Event: 4x100m Relay

The Rochester Century girls team of Favor Omoijuanfo, Madison Habberstad, Sarrah Lindner, and Megan Lund ran a time of 48.01 in the girls 4x100m Relay Championship race for a 4th place finish. 

Other Athletes:


Ashley Fisher

Academy of Holy Angels100m

Cassia Cady

Triple Jump
38' 1"

Jakob McCleary


Elliott McArthur

Mounds ViewMile4:15.0427th

Cameron Stocke

Rock RidgeMile4:15.7129th

Taylor Isabel

Mounds ViewMile 5:01.367th

Aidan Jones

Minneapolis Washburn2 Mile9:09.6525th

Nick Gilles

Minnetonka2 Mile9:25.5228th

Emily Mehta

Mounds View2 Mile11:13.9816th

Jade Rypkema


Shelby Svien

NorthfieldDiscus125' 1.5"17th