Wayzata Girls Distance Produces Historic Results in 2023


For a school that has continuously produced top-tier distance talent in Minnesota with runners such as Anna French, Emma Atkinson, Ruby Stauber, and Jaycie Thomsen; 2023 sure was a special year for the Wayzata girls distance squad. 

It was a banner year for the Wayzata girls with runners breaking records left and right, winning state titles, and having runners emerge as some of the top future distance talents in Minnesota. Those runners included Teegan Anderson, Grace Weber, Maddie Gullickson, Alyson Kleyman, Grace Mignone, Jazleen Malherek-Osorio, and Abbey Nechanicky

Combined this year those girls won three individual state titles (sweeping the Class AAA distance titles), won the 4x800m relay state title, set a new state record in the 4x800m, won three Section 6AAA titles, and helped lead Wayzata to a 2nd place finish at the MSHSL State Championships and the MSHSCA State True Team Championships. 

Wayzata Girls Distance State Meet Results - 2023 (800m-3200m)

800mGrace Weber2:10.441st
800mTeegan Anderson2:10.992nd
1600mTeegan Anderson4:51.611st
3200mMaddie Gullickson10:39.551st
3200mGrace Mignone11:10.0912th
4x800mAlyson Kleyman, Jazleen Malherek-Ocosio, Grace Mignone, & Maddie Gullickson9:16.531st


After some narrow misses at last year's state meet, Teegan Anderson won her first state title (individual) in the 1600m, finished 2nd in the 800m at state, helped Wayzata break the girl's 4x800m state record, and helped the Wayzata girls finish 2nd in the girls 4x1-Mile at New Balance Nationals Indoor. She graduates ranking #6 in Minnesota all-time for the 800m and 18th all-time in the 1600m (not including converted 1-mile times). 

Grace Weber also won her first state title in the 800m with a time of 2:10.44 which ranks her #9 in state history. She was also one of the best 400m runners in Minnesota, ranking #9 this season with a time of 56.87 and winning the 400m race at the True Team State Meet. 

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Grace Mignone was just one of eleven Minnesota girls this season to break the 5-minute barrier in the 1600m, ran the #7 time in the 3200m for all Minnesota girls, and was an integral part of Wayzatas state champion 4x800m team and state record 4x800m team.

Finally, though she may have run only one race this outdoor season, Abbey Nechanicky had a record-filled indoor season and her one outdoor race just happened to be a state record race. This indoor season, Nechanicky broke the state records for the 1-Mile and 2-Mile at New Balance Nationals Indoor and also finished 2nd in the 4x1-Mile with her Wayzata teammates. This outdoor season in her one race, Nechanicky along with her Wayata teammates broke the state 4x800m record running the #8 time nationally this outdoor season. Her indoor times in the mile and 2-mile both rank #2 all-time in Minnesota for combined indoor/outdoor rankings. 

2023 Minnesota Girls Distance Rankings (Wayzata)

800mTeegan Anderson2:10.261st
800mGrace Weber2:10.442nd
800mMaddie Gullickson2:15.2715th
800mAlyson Kleyman2:15.8618th
1600mTeegan Anderson4:51.613rd
1600mGrace Mignone4:59.2811th
1600mMaddie Gullickson5:05.0820th
3200mMaddie Gullickson10:39.552nd
3200mGrace Mignone10:47.797th
3200mJazleen Malherek-Osorio10:58.3220th
4x800mGrace Weber, Grace Mignone, Abbey Nechanicky, and Teegan Anderson8:59.041st


Teegan Anderson (University of Tennessee), Grace Weber (University of Minnesota), Abbey Nechanicky (University of Colorado), and Grace Mignone (University of Minnesota) all graduated last month, but the future is bright with their returners. 

Maddie Gullickson is the top returning 3200m runner in Minnesota for next spring and ranks as the #18 3200m nationally for her class. Gullickson also ranks as the #9 returning 800m runner and the #12 returning 1600m runner. 

Alyson Kleyman ranks as the #11 returning 800m runner in Minnesota with a time of 2:15.86 and the #13 returning 1600m runner with a time of 5:05.46. 

Jazleen Malherek-Ocosio ranks as the #15 returning 800m runner, the #16 returning 1600m runner, and the #16 returning 3200m runner. 

Kleyman will be a junior next year and Gullickson and Malherek-Osorio will be sophomores, so the three girls still have plenty of time/seasons left to continue some more Wayzata distance dominance and then usher in the next era of Wayzata distance greats after them.