South Suburban Champion, Section 3AA Champion, and one of Minnesota's best, Rosemount junior Luke Labatte took some time to share some stories and experiences of his running past, present, and future.
Junior Olivia Schwintek just helped her White Bear Lake team qualify for State out of Section 4AA, and today she shares with us a little bit about herself and why she likes running in cold weather...
La Crescent's Matt Steiger, the returning State runner-up, is on his way to wrapping up a very impressive season in which he has yet to lose a race. Check out his thoughts on the season, as well as State 2016!
Newly-crowned Central Lakes Conference champion Keaton Gruber of Alexandria is making up for a lackluster track season by finishing in the top three in six of his seven races this fall.
Keiser Freetly of Lac qui Parle Valley takes a moment to share with us some of his thoughts on his season, his past, his teammates, and what has helped make him of of Class A's top runners.
Check out our latest interview with senior Sam Moerbitz of Lakeville South, who is a five-time State Meet competitor in track and XC.
Despite several injury setbacks and admitting to subpar summer training efforts, junior Christian Sterton of the talented (and new) Ada-Borup/Norman County West team has a great resume to build on.
Compared to the youthfulness of other elite runners in Class A, Austin Pacelli junior Kayla Christopherson is like the wise old sage, competing at State every year since 2013 and collecting four All-State honors.
Addison Stansbury is only in his second year of cross country, but he's already well on his may to etching his name on the prestigious walls of Stillwater history. Check out our interview with him!
Hunter Gowin is only in his second year of cross country for Breckenridge/Wahpeton (the only interstate XC co-op in Minnesota), but he already has a State appearance under his belt, and is eager for more.
Regan Duffy might be the state's best runner/skier, but while both have always been a part of her life, she didn't discover her driving passion for either until she discovered the tranquility of forest trails.
Forest Lake junior Charlie Babcock is out to lead his team and teammates back to State this fall, and with a focus on speed incorporated into his training, he feels prepared to do that.
Senior Sophie Whicher of Minnetonka is undoubtedly one of the biggest names to watch this XC season, thanks in no small part to her five All-State honors and her top-5 finish at State in 2016.
In addition to being a key contributor to Minnetonka's podium finish at State last fall, senior Libby Halbmaier is helping to carry on a long and treasured legacy of success in the 800 meter run.
Part of an impressive group of Minnesota throwers in 2017, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale senior Samuel Moore walked away from Class A State as a double-champion.
Mankato West senior Jenny Vetter's 2017 track season ended months before it began due to a knee injury, but the talented jumper is now healthy and ready to make up for lost time in all three of her sports.
Aside from being an All-State vaulter and hurdler, Staples-Motley senior Max Giza is emerging as one of Minnesota's top high school talents in the decathlon.
LeSueur-Henderson senior hurdler Kim Scheffler missed out on State this spring after finishing 8th in the 300 hurdles in 2016, but she's already tweaking and preparing to make sure that doesn't happen again.
The well-rounded Minneapolis Washburn senior Charlotte DeVaughn pairs her All-State abilities as a sprinter with superb soccer skills, Ivy League-level academics, and a love of theater and song.
Mounds View's soon-to-be-senior David Dahl will help spearhead one of Minnesota's most formidable squads this fall, and could very likely make some big waves as an individual too.
The versatile Grace Scott of Southwest Christian is currently preparing for her last high school XC season, but it is her All-State success as a sprinter which has set her apart the most.
Concordia Academy's incoming senior Casey Hackett and his career best jumps of 22-1 and 45-0.25 have helped make last year's Class A jumping field one of the deepest competitions in recent memory.
Brooke Young, electing to forgo hockey and instead focus on following in her mother's footsteps, will take over the reins of being the senior leader for Wayzata's storied program this upcoming XC season.
After impressive improvements from each of her pervious two seasons, Allison Lardy's junior season at Fairmont saw her soar to the brink of a Class A title in the shot put.
Rocori High School's multi-talented soon-to-be-senior Brynn Sauer helped lead her team to remarkable success at True Team State this year, even in spite of a hamstring injury that kept her out for much of it.
Jebeh Cooke will be a senior at North St. Paul for the 2017-18 school year. Along with helping win two State relay titles and shatter a state record, she came home with a nice fifth-place finish in the 200 meters.
Morgan Lawler is a graduated senior at Rosemount High School who qualified for State in the 800 meter run this year, and she also made it as part of a 4 X 400 relay at the end of her sophomore year.
Noah Shafer's senior season for Lakeville South could hardly have gone better. Last year's 7th-place Class AA pole vaulter won the Hamline Elite Meet and vaulter 15-3 before taking home the State title.
The success of Cloquet's graduated 5'4" senior Isaac Boedigheimer, twice an All-State XC runner and last fall's 6th-place Class AA finisher, provides yet another reminder that talent can come in all sizes.
Esko's graduated senior Dawsen Cossalter is fresh off a hugely successful senior T&F campaign, which was him win Class A State in the 200 and finish runner-up in the 100.