Athlete of the Month
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Shaina Burns and Terrence Bowers are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for June 2014.
Burns, a recent Lakeville South High School graduate, was selected for winning both the 100 meter hurdles (14.44 seconds) and the shot put (44 feet, 10.5 inches) at the Minnesota State High School League Championship at Hamline University in June. She also finished 3rd in the 300 meter hurdles (43.80) and was a member of Lakeville South's 3rd place 4X400m relay. Burns then went on to win the New Balance Nationals heptathlon with 5163 points and finished out the month with a runner-up finish in the heptathlon at the US Junior Championships scoring 5363 points.
Bowers, who just graduated from Hopkins High School, was recognized for making major contributions to Hopkins winning the Class 2A team title at the MSHSL Championship. As an individual Bowers won both the long jump (22 feet, 7 inches) and the triple jump (48 feet, 2 inches). He was a member of both the 4X100m relay which won the 2A state title and the 4X200m relay which finished 6th.
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Mason Ferlic and Emma Bates are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for May 2014.
Ferlic, formerly of Mounds Park Academy High School, won the NCAA East Regional Preliminary steeplechase in 8:38.74, qualifying him for the NCAA steeplechase final. Earlier in the month the University of Michigan athlete finished 3rd in the steeplechase (8:50.15) and 5th in the 5000m (14:11.12) at the Big Ten Track & Field Championships in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Bates, an Elk River High School graduate competing for Boise State University, had several quality performances in the month of May. Bates kicked-off the month with a 32:20.83 10000m at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational. Two weeks later she won both the Mountain West Conference 5000m (17:37.69) and 1500m (4:40.06) titles. Ending the month, Bates won the 5000m (15:55.00) and 10000m (34:06.99) at the NCAA West Regional Preliminary, qualifying her for the NCAA Championships.
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Heather Kampf and Trent Lusignan are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for April 2014.
Kampf, of Team USA Minnesota, won the USA 1 Mile Road Championship on April 22nd, which was held in conjunction with the Grand Blue Mile and Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Her time was 4:32.62. Later that week Kampf finished 3rd in a studded field in the 1500m (4:07.15) at the Drake Relays. Three days before the USA 1 Mile Road Championship the Rosemount High School and University of Minnesota grad finished 2nd at the B.A.A. 1 Mile in Boston with a time of 4:44.3, just .3 seconds behind winner Morgan Uceny.
Lusignan, a Shakopee native who finished 12th at the NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in November for South Dakota State University, continued his winning ways in April. Lusignan won the Drake Relays 10000m in a time of 29:55.69 running unattached.
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Jerrell Hancock and Amelia Campbell are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for March 2014.
Hancock, a Minnesota State University Mankato senior and Missouri native, finished 2nd in the 200 meter and 4th in the 60 meter dashes at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships. Hancock's times were 21.33 and 6.78 earning him two All-America honors.
Campbell, a Carleton College sophomore, won both the MIAC Indoor and NCAA Division III National Indoor meet pentathlons in March. At the MIAC meet, the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin native set an all-time Division III pentathlon record with 3914 points. At the National meet she won in convincing fashion, scoring 3884 points setting a new Division III Championship meet record and putting her almost 100 points ahead of second place.
The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Alena Brooks and Chris Reed are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for January 2014.
Brooks, a University of Minnesota senior from Diego Martin, Trinidad was selected for her win in the 600 meters at the Northwest Open at the University of Minnesota on January 18. Brooks' time of 1:29.65 topped the NCAA leader-board and established a new meet record. Brooks earned the Big Ten Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week award during the week of January 20th for this performance.
Reed, a Minnesota State - Mankato senior, was selected for his record setting performances in the shot put at the Jack Johnson Classic hosted by the University of Minnesota on January 25th. Reed's winning put of 65' 5.5" established a new national NCAA Division II indoor shot put record in addition to setting a new meet and indoor school record. His mark automatically qualified him for the NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships. Reed was named USTFCCCA NCAA DII Male Athlete of the Week and NSIC Male Field Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week for this performance.