Athlete of the Month

December 2008

The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Marie Borner and Brandon Gleason are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for December 2008.

Borner, a Bethel University junior, is honored for winning the women’s  individual title at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships held in Hanover, Indiana last month.  Borner, the two-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference cross country champion won the 6K event in 20 minutes, 43 seconds.

 

Gleason, a senior at Hamline University, is recognized for his 13th place finish in men’s competition at the meet.  Gleason, who suffered serious injuries while on a training run in February of 2007 when he was struck by a motor vehicle, earned all-American honors for the first time in his career with a 24:47 performance over the 8K course.

 

November 2008
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Cassie Opitz and Lukas Gemar are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for November 2008.

 

Opitz, a senior at Eden Prairie High School, is honored for winning the Minnesota State High School League Class AA Girls Cross Country title on November 1 in Northfield Minnesota.  Opitz, the Class AA 3200 meter champion in track last spring, won her cross country title with a time of 14 minutes, 24 seconds on the 4K St. Olaf College course.

Gemar, a sophomore from Moorhead High School, is recognized for his surprise win in the MSHSL Class AA Boys race.  Gemar was ranked #7 entering the race but topped the field with a 15:32 clocking over the 5K course.

October 2008
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Hassan Mead and Megan Duwell are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for October 2008.

Mead, a University of Minnesota sophomore, is recognized for his second place finish in the Division I men’s race at the Roy Griak Invitational cross country meet, hosted by the Gophers last month.  Mead, a Minneapolis South alum, was a cross country all-American as a freshman in 2007.

Duwell, a Gopher junior, is honored for her own runner-up finish in the Division I women's race at Griak. Duwell led the Minnesota women, currently ranked #4 in the country, to their second-straight Griak team title.

September 2008
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he Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Tom Langenfeld and Rasa Troup are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for September 2008.

 

Langenfeld, an Edina resident, is recognized for winning his 29th career masters high jump title with a 4-5 clearance in the M70 division at the USA Masters Track and Field Championships in Spokane, Washington. The 73-year-old also won this year's M70 indoor title in March.

Troup, a Golden Gopher alum and a frequent participant on the USATF – Minnesota Team Circuit, was recognized for setting a Lithuanian national record in the 3000m steeplechase at the Olympic Games in Beijing.  Troup clocked 9:30.21 in the semi-finals of the event. 

August 2008
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Chelsea Pettit and Christian Kolb are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for August 2008.

Pettit, who will be a junior at the Academy of the Holy Angels this fall, is recognized for her runner-up finish in the young women’s 1500 meters at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Omaha , Nebraska last month.  She clocked 4:49.45 in the effort.  Pettit finished 3rd in the 1600 meters at the Minnesota State High School League State Meet in June.

Kolb, who is a Mankato West sophomore-to-be, is honored for his 4th place finish in the intermediate boys pole vault at the USATF Junior Olympics..  Kolb cleared 13 feet, 9 and ¼ inches in the effort.  Kolb finished 6th in the pole vault at the MSHSL State Meet in June and is Minnesota’s best ninth-grade pole vaulter ever with a 14-3 mark last spring.

July 2008
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Shani Marks and Zach Mellon are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for July 2008.

Marks is recognized for winning the women’s triple jump at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon last month.  The Apple Valley High School and University of Minnesota alum jumped 47 feet, 2 and ¼ inch to earn a place on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. 

Mellon, a Buffalo High School junior, is honored for breaking the all-time Minnesota high school record in the 800 meter run with his 1:48.64 runner-up finish at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships in Columbus, Ohio last month.  Earlier in the season, Mellon defended his Minnesota State High School League Class AA title in the event.

June 2008
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Rob Finnerty and Jennifer Hensel are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for June 2008.

Finnerty, a senior at Burnsville High School, is recognized for running the second fastest 1600 meter race in Minnesota boy's high school history.  Finnerty clocked 4:06.49 at the Section 3AA meet at St. Thomas on May 31 – a mark bettered only by Olympian Garry Bjorklund, who ran 4:03.5 for the distance in 1969 for Proctor High School.  Finnerty followed up that mark last weekend with a win at the MSHSL State Meet in the event as well as in the 3200 meters.

Hensel, a junior at Moorhead State University, is honored for winning her second straight NCAA Division II Outdoor crown in the women’s pole vault.  A Frazee native, Hensel vaulted 13-feet, 2 ¼ inches for the victory at the Walnut, California event.

May 2008
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Ibrahim Kabia and Ruby Radocaj are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for May 2008.

Kabia, a University of Minnesota junior, is recognized for his victory in the 100 meters at the Drake Relays last month.  Kabia, a Champlin Park High School alum, clocked 10.44 to win the title at the 99th running of the Des Moines, Iowa event.  Last weekend in Champaign, Illinois, Kabia won the Big Ten 100m title.

 

Radocaj, a senior at Minnesota, is honored for her victory in the javelin throw at the Drake Relays.  Radocaj, who was the runner-up at the Big Ten Championships, threw 179-11 to win at Drake.

April 2008
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Team USA Minnesota athletes Emily Brown and Andrew Carlson are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for April 2008.

Brown, a 2007 University of Minnesota graduate, is recognized for being the top finisher for the United States team at the IAAF World Cross County in Edinburgh, Scotland, last month.  Brown, a former Big Ten steeplechase champion, finished 18th in the race, running 26:36 on the 8K course.

Carlson, also a U of M graduate, is honored for winning his first national title at the USA 15K Championship held in conjunction with the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida, in March.  Carlson out-dueled 2002 Twin Cities Marathon champion Dan Browne for the win, running a personal-best 44:12 for the 9.3 mile distance.

March 2008
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Liz Roehrig and Joe Remitz are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for March 2008.

Roehrig, a University of Minnesota senior, set a school and Big Ten record in winning the pentathlon at the recent Big Ten Indoor Championships with 4,218 points. The two-time Gopher All-American became the first Minnesota athlete, male or female, to win four consecutive Big Ten individual titles in the same event/sport. Last weekend, Roehrig, a Chilton, Wisconsin native, finished 6th in the event at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, earning all-American distinction.

Remitz, a Bemidji State University senior, enters this weekend’s NCAA Division II Championships after taking home first place in the shot put event at all eight meets this indoor season and earning NSIC Male Field Athlete of the Year accolades for the second consecutive year. His throw of 59-07.50 successfully defended his NSIC shot put crown while adding over a foot to his previous season-best and school record. He also won the weight throw title with a school- and NSIC-record toss of 60-11.25. Remitz was the runner-up last weekend at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in the shot put.

February 2008
The Minnesota Associtaion of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Jenelle Deatherage and Jason Lehmkuhle are Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for February, 2008.

Deatherage was recognized for her victory in the mile at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on January 26. The former Team USA Minnesota star clocked 4:32.95 in an effort that re-established her as a contender for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team at 1500 meters.

Lehmkuhle was recognized for his runner-up finish at the USA Half Marathon Championship in Houston on January 13. Lehmkuhle, who finished 5th at the U.S. Olympic Men's Marathon Trials in November, clocked a PR 1:02:32 in the effort.

January 2008
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Rob Finnerty and Katelin Rains are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for January 2008.

Finnerty is honored for finishing 9th at the Footlocker Cross Country Nationals last month.  The MSHSL Class AA cross country champion from Burnsville High School is bound for the University of Wisconsin next year.

Rains, a Minnesota State Mankato junior, is recognized for breaking her own NCAA Division II best in the pole vault with a clearance of 14 feet 1/2 inch in December.  Rains is the defending Division II indoor champion in the event.