State XC Meet Moves from St. Olaf to Les Bolstad in 2023


The path to the MSHSL State XC Championships may be the same, but the destination has changed as the state meet moves from St. Olaf and returns to the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course.

After 30+ years at St. Olaf College in Northfield, the Minnesota state cross country championships return to Les Bolstad where the state meet was previously held from 1964-1990 for the boys and 1975-1990 for the girls. 

"St. Olaf requested a break from Hosting," said Charlie Campbell, Minnesota State High School League Associate director. "Moving to three classes intensified the lift required to make the state meet happen. We have sure appreciated our partnership with them over the years."

The Les Bolstad Golf Course is accustomed to hosting large meets, as it does host the Roy Griak Invitational there every year and has hosted the Section 4AA Championships. Campbell has said that the MSHSL will be designing a unique course for the state meet this year. 

With the state championships moving to Les Bolstad, next week's Roy Griak Invitational (9/22) will be more important than ever as it will give the Minnesota runners a chance to preview the course, even if the exact course is different for state. 

The current course records for Minnesota high schoolers at Les Bolstad are Addison Stansbury with a time of 15:16.50 and Emily Covert with a time of 17:28.