From left to right: Richlu Tudee, Hayden Bills, and Aidan Jones
Minnesota's Class of 2023 was filled with record-breaking athletes, state champions, state record holders, national standouts and so much more!
Here we look at five Minnesota boys from the Class of 2023 who stood out the most among their class and look at their high school accomplishments.
When Hayden Bills started his track and field career in 2019, he was already on a Rosemount throws squad that had Maxwell Otterdahl on it. Otterdahl at that point was already a state champion in the shot put, and by the end of that 2019 outdoor season, Otterdahl would be a state champion in the shot put and discus and would own top-ten marks all-time in Minnesota for both events.
Bills who was just a freshman then would not only surpass just Otterdahl as Rosemounts best thrower but would surpass everyone in state history to become the best high school thrower Minnesota has ever seen.
During an undefeated senior season, Bills broke both Minnesota state records in the shot put and discus, win both Class AAA state titles, and break the state meet record in the shot put. He already owned the state meet record in the discus from 2022.
Bills first surpassed the state shot put record in May when he threw a mark of 66' 8.75" at the MSHSCA State True Team Championships to break Thomas Anderson's mark of 65' 8". He would then go on to break Karl Erickson's 22-year-old state discus record when he threw 207 feet to break the old record of 201' 7".
So at the end of his high school career, Bills had the state shot put record, state discus record, both Rosemount High School records, and the state meet records.
BEST THROWER IN MINNESOTA HS HISTORY.
Minnesota has had many great high school boys distance runners such as Joe Klecker, Garrett Heath, Obsa Ali, Eli Krahn, and Rob Finnerty; we can now add Noah Breker to the list of greats after a spectacular senior season that saw the Robbinsdale Armstrong senior break records left and right.
Breker graduates holding the #8 time all-time in Minnesota for the 1600m, the #6 time in the 3200m, the top 5K (XC) time in state history, and the top 5K (XC) time on Minnesota soil.
Brekers senior season cemented his status as one of the great Minnesota distance talents as he broke the cross country 5K state record, finished 2nd at the Champs National Cross Country Championships, won the Class AAA 3200m title, finished 5th in the Elite Boys HS Mile at the Drake Relays, and broke three Minnesota HS Indoor track records.
Noah Breker HS PRs (No Converted Times)
For this class when you think of pure speed, you should think of Champlin Parks Richlu Tudee. Tudee owns wind-legal times of 10.61 for the 100m and 21.13 for the 200m. Those times lower to 10.56 and 20.99 if all-conditions times are included.
His legal times already rank him #21 in the 100m and #7 in the 200m all-time for Minnesota boys. With his speed, Tudee has been able to win three Class AAA State Titles (1x 100m, 2x 200m), finish 3rd in this year's 100m dash, and run the #5 times in the 100m/200m at the State Championships.
Well, it gets better.
Tudee has also led the Champlin Park boys 4x100m team to three straight Class AA/AAA 4x100m titles. That includes a relay time of 41.63 this year which ranked #2 in the state this year and ranks #4 in state history. That team included Lomax Wilson, Tudee, Emmit Tutt, and Alvin Thomas.
Tudee was the only member of those 4x100m relay teams to be on all three.
Don't let the fact that Jones only won one state title or that he only went to six state meets for track and XC combined fool you. His whole high school career Aidan Jones has competed in the talent-rich Section 6AA/6AAA which normally features some of the fastest runners in Minnesota which makes it hard to qualify for state or win titles as an underclassman.
No matter how hard the competition or the circumstances, Jones graduates as not only one of his sections fastest runners but one of the fastest in state history.
His senior season, Jones set new PRs in every event, running 4:09.32 in the 1600m, 4:12.95 in the mile, 8:54.48 in the 3200m, 9:03.43 in the 2-mile, and 15:01.20 in the 5K (XC).
Those times rank Jones 12th in the 1600m, 8th all-time in the 3200m, and 10th all-time for the 5K (XC).
Stocke finishes his high school career as one of the greatest Class AA boys distance runners of all time under the current Section format and one of the greatest in state history overall. He graduates with four state titles (1x 800m, 3x 1600m), three other top-three finishes at the State T&F Championships, and a runner-up finish at the State XC Championships.
Cameron Stocke PRs
For Class AA, Stocke ranks #8 all-time in the 800m and #5 all-time in the 1600m. Overall, Stocke ranks #16 in Minnesota state history in the 800m and #30 all-time in the 1600m.
Stocke is also the most decorated boys athlete in terms of individual state titles for the Class of 2023 with his four titles being the most ahead of Hayden Bills, Brandon Kampsen and Richlu Tudee.
Class of 2023 - Most Individual State Titles (T&F + XC)
|# of Individual State Titles
- 2023 MSHSL State T&F Championships - State Champion Tracker
- Hayden Bills Name Gatorade's Minnesota Boys POY
- Noah Breker Breaks The Minnesota State 3,200m Record
- Hayden Bills Garners MileSplit All-American Honor
- Breker vs. Scott: Distance Duo Duels Again on Track
- Minnesota T&F Athletes Show Up Big at Nationals
- Hayden Bills Smashes State Shot Put Record
- Noah Breker Shares Thoughts On Champs Nationals
- Introducing Your MN Boys Runner of the Year Candidates (12/22)
- Noah Breker Breaks State Record at Heartland Regional
- Hayden Bills Smashes Minnesota Boys Discus Record