Athlete of the Month

March 2015

The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Kaitlyn Long and Josh Thorson are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for March 2015.

Long, a Winona State University freshman from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin (Monona Grove High School), is honored for her national championship in the indoor weight throw which she won at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Long used a throw of 68 feet 8 and 3/4 inches to win the title, which was the second farthest in NCAA Indoor Championship history.

Thorson, a Wayzata High School alumnus and a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, is recognized for anchoring the UW-Eau Claire distance medley relay to a first place finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The UW-Eau Claire men's team earned its first NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Team National Championship at the meet outscoring the defending National Champion University of Wisconsin - La Crosse men by 2 points. Thorson also finished third in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:11.80, which broke his own UW-Eau Claire school record in the event.

February 2015

The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Amanda Smock and Luca Wieland are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for February 2015.

Smock, a Melrose native (Melrose High School) who competed for North Dakota State University, is honored for her triple jump national championship that she won at the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. The 2012 Olympian, who lives in Minneapolis and is sponsored by Asics and competes for the New York Athletic Club, won her third indoor title by jumping 13.28 meters (43 feet, 7 inches). Smock also has three outdoor national titles.

Wieland, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota from Berlin, Germany (Gymnasium Rotenbuhl Saarbrucken), is recognized for his Big Ten title in the heptathlon and for breaking a school record which had stood for 17-years. Wieland totaled 5787 points with victories in the shot put (14.44m) and the 60 meter hurdles (8.23 seconds), finished second in the high jump (2.08m), fourth in the 60 meter dash (7.08), fourth in the long jump (6.98m), fifth in the pole vault (4.60m) and eighth in the 1000 meter run (2:48.99).

January 2015

The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field is proud to announce that Emmanuel Matadi and Jess Herauf are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for January 2015.

Matadi, a Minnesota State - Mankato senior and a Johnson High School alumnus from Saint Paul, is honored for his NCAA Division II leading 60 meter dash time of 6.66 which he ran at the Minnesota State Open. Matadi broke his own school record (6.73 seconds) in the preliminary round running 6.68 and then broke the record again in the final. Matadi's performance earned him U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II National Athlete of the Week and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Track Athlete of the Week honors.

Herauf, a junior at the University of Minnesota from Dickinson, N.D. (Dickinson High School), is recognized for breaking the Minnesota record in the pentathlon with 4289 points in her victory at the Jack Johnson Classic. Herauf won four of the five events recording career bests in the high jump (1.74m) and shot put (13.68m) and first-place finishes in the long jump (5.85m) and the 800 meters (2:16.17). Herauf placed third in the 60m hurdles in 8.89 seconds.