Top Storylines - 2024 Minnesota True Team Sections


The 2024 Minnesota True Team Sections have brought forth a myriad of captivating storylines, showcasing the resilience, talent, and sportsmanship of our state's track and field athletes. Let's delve into the top storylines that have defined this year's competition, highlighting the triumphs, challenges, and memorable moments that have unfolded on the track and in the field.


Related: True Team Sections Champions | Boys Top Marks/Times | Girls Top Marks/Times


7 Inch PR Means History for Petersohn

In a historic performance in many ways, Tritons Pierce Petersohn won the Section 1A True Team title, becoming a legend in the process. Petersohn came into the meet with a PR of 6' 3" in the high jump, a mark he set back in March. Petersohn demolished that mark en route to a new PR and Minnesota #1 mark of 6' 10". His mark of 6' 10" ranks him tied for 18th all-time in Minnesota, and a new sophomore class record for Minnesota. 

In setting a new sophomore class record in Minnesota, he eclipsed David Kelley who owned a mark of 6' 9" from 2001. In jumping from 6' 3" to 6' 10", he improved his sophomore class rank all the way from 77th to 1st. He now ranks tied for 4th nationally for his class this season in the high jump and ranks tied for 26th overall. 

With this impressive PR and the strides he has made this season, could the longtime state record of 7' 1" be in jeopardy?

Sophomore Golomb Impresses for Wayzata

Continuing the impressive streak of standout distance runners for Wayzata, one wouldn't exactly have thought that Lila Golomb would be a force at True Team after coming into the season with PR's of 5:27 in the 1600m and 2:18 in the 800m. A forceis exactly what Golomb was at True Team though. She finished 1st in the 1600m with a time of 4:55.03 and 3rd in the 800m with a time of 2:15.17. With her impressive new personal best times, Golomb ranks #7 in the 800m in Minnesota and #2 in the 1600m. She also ranks #1 in the 1600m for her class in Minnesota and #2 in the 800m. Nationally for her class she ranks #21 in the 1600m this season and #72 in the 800m. 

Ryder Mold Runs Impressive 7th-Grade 3200m Time

Running at the Section 5AA True Team meet, Saint Francis 7th-grader Ryder Mold made his mark with a little history in the 3200m. Mold finished 8th overall in the race with a time of 10:23.20 to finish 39 seconds behind the winner and as the 2nd middle school finisher. His time of 10:23.20 now ranks 10th all-time in the 3200m for Minnesota boys 7th-graders all-time. He is inching his way towards the class record currently held by Erik Semling with a time of 10:05.52. 

Evie Malec Inches Closer to Freshman Class Records

Already am emerging national talent as a star freshman for Minnetonka, Evie Malec shined at the Section 7AAA True Team Championships where she finished 1st in the 800m and 2nd in the 1600m. Her time of 2:13.41 was of importance as it was a near 1-second PR, which now ranks her 8th all-time for Minnesota freshmen girls in the 800m. Her time puts her just over a second off of the freshman class record held by Minnetonka alumni Lucille Hoelscher with a time of 2:12.33. Malec also ran a time of 4:55.35 in the 1600m which ranks #6 all-time for the Minnesota girls freshman class. That record could also be in jeopardy as Malec has run a 4:50.49 mile time and the record is 4:50.78 by Tess Misgen. 

Tyler Flippen Enters the Conversation

Running his first full season of track and field ever, Andover's Tyler Flippen has cemented himself as a current and future star in Minnesota. At the Section 4AAA True Team Championships, the star freshman finished 3rd in the 800m with a time of 1:58.11 and 2nd in the 1600m with a time of 4:20.79. Both his times of 1:58.11 in the 800m and his 1600m time of 4:20.79 currently ranks as the #10 freshman time all-time for a Minnesota boy. His times also rank 18th for the 1600m an 30th for the 800m nationally for his freshman class this outdoor season.