Jade Rypkema Ends HS Career with Sixth State Title


Capping off her Minnesota track and field career (in-state), Jade Rypkema repeated as the Class A 1600m and 3200m state champion, capping off an incredible senior season that saw her go undefeated in Minnesota, winning three state titles along the way. 

It was some relatively easy wins at the 2023 MSHSL State Track and Field Championships with Rypkema winning the 1600m title by 11 seconds and the 3200m by nearly 20 seconds. 

This caps off an incredible career for the Nevis senior that saw her win six state titles, qualify for state 10 times,  win 11 Sections titles, and record the #3 1600m and #5 3200m times all-time for Class A. 

Jade Rypekma State Titles (MSHSL)

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In winning the past three 3200m titles for Class A, Rypkema became the first Class A girl to win three straight distance titles (1600m or 3200) since Julie Gifford (1600m) in 1998-2000. In the 1600m, she was the first Class A repeat champion since Kayla Huhnerkoch in 2014 and 2015. 

In winning back-to-back titles in the 1600m and 3200m, Rykema became the first to accomplish that feat since Clare Flanagan in 2012 and 2013. She is also the first Minnesota girl to win three straight 3200m titles since Bria Wetch in 2004-2006. 

Overall, Rypkema retires as one of the best Class A and Minnesota girls distance runners of all-time. She won six state titles, ranks top five in the 1600m and 3200m for Class A, and dominated the sport like very few in recent memory have.