Welcome to another edition of the Fabulous Five!!
The Fabulous Five highlights five individuals each week of the 2023 Minnesota outdoor track and field season that stood out to us from the previous weeks' track and field meets.
Related: Week 1 Fabulous Five | Week 2 Fabulous Five | Week 3 Fabulous Five | Week 4 Fabulous Five
The purpose of these five performances isn't to highlight state records or only top-ten performances. It's to highlight performances from across Minnesota that stood out in recent meet results. Any kind of result/performance is applicable.
Note: This is not a ranking of the five best performances of the week. This is a feature of five outstanding performances of our choice. There were many fantastic performances that were not highlighted in this feature.
Owen Carlson Clears the Bar at a Historic Height
Owen Carlson, a senior at Mahtomedi High School had been a breakout star this outdoor track and field season. Less than a month after his track and field debut, Carlson became the 33rd Minnesota boy to jump 6' 10" or higher in the high jump.
His jump of 6' 10" improves on his previous Minnesota #1 mark of 6' 8.5". Alongside becoming the 33rd Minnesota boy to hit that height, Carlson became the first Minnesota boy to hit that mark since the 2019 track and field season.
Top Minnesota HJ Marks of the Past Four T&F Seasons
|RANK||MARK||ATHLETE/TEAM||GRADE||MEET DATE PLACE|
Mahtomedi High School
Minnewaska Area High School
Cambridge-Isanti High School
North Saint Paul High School
Hastings Tri 1st F
Rochester Mayo High School
His mark of 6' 10" ranks him in a tie for 33rd nationally and puts him within reach of the state record of 7' 1".
Annika Adolphson a Future Star?
One look at the results of last weeks MSHSCA State True Team Championships shows many underclassmen that stood out, but one stood above the rest for Class A in 7th grader Annika Adolphson of West Marshall Fusion (Stephen-Argyle Central).
At the Class A State True Team Championships, Adolphson finished 3rd in the 400m and was 9th in the 100m and 200m. She was the only 7th-grade girl to finish in the top ten of any event in Class A.
On top of her spectacular performances at the meet, she ranks high all-time for 7th-graders in general at the State True Team Championships. All-time she ranks #8 in the 100m, #7 in the 200m, and #2 in the 400m.
Overall for all Minnesota 7th-grader girls this season, she ranks #5 in the 100m, #4 in the 200m, and #2 in the 400m.
Joshua Schmidt Crushes PR En Route to #2 All-Time Class Best Mark
Joshua Schmidt a freshman at Chaska High School has been steadily improving in the pole vault all season starting with a new Pr at his first meet of 2023 with a height of 12' 6" before improving to 13' 0" and then 13' 6". Now after the Metro West Conference Championships, Schmidt owns a spectacular PR of 14' 7".
Schmidt now ranks #4 in Minnesota this season in the pole vault, only behind Brian Schloeder, Nathan Nelson, and Payton Kasper. Alongside being one of the best pole vaulters in Minnesota this season, he is one of the best freshmen pole vaulters in state history.
All-Time MN Boys Freshmen Pole Vault Marks
|1||Jarod White||14' 7.25"||2019|
|2||Joshua Schmidt||14' 7"||2023|
|3||Christian Kolb||14' 3"||2008|
|T-4||Jacob Munsch||14' 0"||2016|
|T-4||Owen Angell||14' 0"||2022|
Schmidt is only a half inch from setting a new freshmen class record for Minnesota boys. For the class of 2026 nationally, Schmidt ranks 8th overall.
Marvelous Onwualo Scores Huge for Blaine with Big PRs
A senior a Blaine High School, Marvelous Onwualo scored big at the MSHSCA State True Team Championships where she competed in four events, coming away with three PRs, a runner-up finish, and an event win.
Onwualo finished 1st in the triple jump, 2nd in the 100m hurdles, 8th in the long jump, and 22nd in the 300m hurdles.
Onwualo PR'd in the 100m hurdles with a 0.23-second improvement, a 9.5 inch PR in the long jump, and an almost one-and-a-half foot PR to win the triple jump.
Overall, Onwualo scored 115 points for Blaine for 17% of their total points (115/669.5).
Jayda Kolstoe Becomes a Champion and Top True Team Performer
Jayda Kolstoe a freshman at Minnewaska had a big week last week to continue her strong outdoor track and field season. Kolstoe won both the shot put and discus titles at the West Central Conference Championships and then followed that up by finishing 3rd in the shot put and 5th in the discus for Class A at True Team State.
The biggest performance last week from Kolstoe was her third place finish in the shot put for Class A at True Team State. There she recorded a massive throw of 38' 10.75" for a big PR, improving on her old PR of 36' 9". She finished only behind Jadyn Hart and Jocelyn Hart.
With her throw of 38' 10.75", Kolstoe set one of the best shot put throws by a Minnesota freshman girl in recent history. She now ranks #19 overall all-time for all Minnesota freshmen girls and is under a foot away from breaking into the top ten marks all-time in that category.
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School
Greenway High School
MSHSL Section 7A Finals 1st F
Minnewaska Area High School
Saint Clair High School
Glencoe-Silver Lake High School
The most recent girl before Kolstoe to break onto that all-time rankings within the top twenty was Monica Johnson in 2019.