2013 Inductees

​Adam Steele

Adam was a five time All American 400 meter runner at the University of Minnesota. In 2003, he won the NCAA outdoors 400 meter championship in 44.57 seconds, the fourth fastest time by an American that year. Also in 2003, Adam ran on the 4 x 400 meter University team that was second at the NCAA outdoor championship, setting a school record of 3:02.33.

Adam was a Big Ten champion in the 600 meter indoors and has Big Ten titles in the 4 x 400 meter and distance medley relays. Adam and his teammate, Mitch Potter, earned gold medals in the 2003 World Championships by running in the opening rounds of the 4 x 400 meter relay. He also won the gold medal at the 2003 Pan Am Games. As a senior in high school, Adam won both the 400 meters and 800 meters in the State Championship.

Carrie Tollefson

From Dawson, Minnesota, Carrie, beginning in eighth grade, won five state cross country championships. She also won eight state championships in track and field. As a collegiate at Villanova, Carrie was seventh in the NCAA cross country championship in 1995, fifth in 1996 and the champion in 1997. In 1999, she won the NCAA championship in the 3,000 meters, both indoors and outdoors. She added the 5,000 meter championship in the 1999 outdoors.

At the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2004, she was victorious in the 1500 meters and made the semifinals in the Games of Athens. That year, she was ranked number one nationally in the 1500 meters by Track and Field News. In another banner year, 2006, Carrie won both the 4,000 meter race at the U.S. cross country championship and the 3,000 meters at the U.S. indoor national championships. 

Heather Van Norman

Born and raised in Windom, Minnesota, Heather's high school career was singular in its performances, if not unique in the history of high school athletics in this county. In the eighth grade, she finished third at the State Class 1A meet in the 200 meters and 400 meters. That was the last time she would lose in high school. She accomplished the incredible "quad-triple", winning the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters in her four high school years.

As a one person team in 1987, Heather, a junior, scored enough points to secure the state title for Windom. With four teammates, she repeated the state team title as a senior. Competing for Louisiana State University, Heather won All American honors in six events.

Scott Christensen

Scott is one of the great track and field and cross country coaches in Minnesota state high school history. As the coach at Stillwater High School since 1979, he has won 13 state team titles in cross country and five in track and field, including 2013. Under Scott's tutelage, no less than 25 athletes have won state championships and 185 have won conference championships.

Scott is a three time track and field Minnesota Coach of the Year and a four time cross country Minnesota Coach of the Year. In a distinction not matched in the country, Scott has had four athletes who would go on from Stillwater to run the mile in under four minutes.

He coached the Junior World Cross Country Team in 2003 and the Senior World Cross Country Team in 2008. Scott was president of the Minnesota Track and Field Coaches Association from 1991 to 2005. He is the author of books and articles on running and coaching.

Carter Holmes

Carter earned distinction as both a fine collegiate runner and a great all around master athlete. Getting a late start as a runner (he was a terrific wrestler first), he came into his own quickly. In his senior year at Washburn High School, he won the Twin Cities two mile indoor championship, setting a new record, and posted a mile PR of 4:25.

At the University of Minnesota, he was a member of the 1969 Big Ten championship cross country team. In his specialty, the steeplechase, Carter was seventh in the Big Ten as a junior and sixth as a senior. In his senior year, he missed the standard for competing in the NCAA steeplechase championship by .1 second. He also ran on the 30K national AAU championship road race team finishing eighth.

As a master athlete, Carter's record may be nonpareil. He accumulated 17 All American standards in running, throwing and multi-discipline events. At national meets, he has medaled in the intermediate hurdles, the steeplechase, the heptathlon and the pentathlon, winning gold in the pentathlon.