Preston Zimny, senior, Little Falls
Zimny, The Record’s Athlete of the Year, never strayed from the front of the pack against some of the state’s toughest distance runners, advancing through a section field that included the defending state champion and capping his career with an 11th-place finish at the Class AA state meet in the 3,200 (9:36.27). Zimny earned first in the 3,200 at the true team section (10:02.65) and state meets (9:47.43) while earning third in the 1,600 in both meets as well. He added a pair of runner-up performances to help Little Falls capture the Granite Ridge Conference team championship as well.
Derek Toso, senior, Little Falls
Toso’s three firsts and one second-place finish helped put Little Falls over the top at the true team section meet and advance on to state, as the senior sprinter and jumper took first in the 100 (11.35), 200 (24.04) and long jump (19-feet, 11-inches). He also took the top spot in three events at the Granite Ridge Conference meet, winning the 100 (11.22) and 400 (52.29) and anchoring the first-place 4×400 relay team (3:32.28), while closing his career with a trio of top-five finishes at the section meet.
Luke Pennington, senior, Little Falls
Pennington was the lone area athlete to advance to state in multiple events this spring, qualifying at the section meet in the 110 hurdles (16.87) by placing second and the 300 hurdles (42.99) by crossing the line first. He earned Granite Ridge Conference titles in the 110 hurdles (15.58) and as part of the Flyers’ 4×400 relay team and also helped Little Falls qualify for the true team state meet with a pair of top-two finishes at the section competition.
Garrett Horejsi, junior, Little Falls
Horejsi paired with fellow All-Area member Luke Pennington to form one of the premier hurdling duos in the state this spring. The pair swept the top two spots in the 110 and 300 hurdles at the Granite Ridge Conference meet, with Horejsi winning the 300 hurdles (41.1) and taking second in the 110 hurdles (16.44). Horejsi added a third-place finish for the Flyers at the Class AA state true team meet in the 300 hurdles (41.75) and took third at the Section 8AA meet in the 300 hurdles in 41.68.
Travis Spillum, junior, Little Falls
Spillum was a key contributor for the balanced Flyers squad this spring, excelling in all three jump events, highlighted by a Granite Ridge Conference championship in the long jump (19-feet, 9.5-inches) and runner-up performance in the high jump (6-feet). He also provided pivotal points to help the Flyers win their true team section with two top-five finishes and closed out the season by placing sixth at sections in the high jump (6-feet) and long jump (19-feet, 6.5-inches).
Jordan Petrone, junior, Little Falls
Petrone was one of a handful of top pole vaulters for Little Falls this spring, soaring the most down the stretch. Petrone helped the Flyers qualify for the state true team meet by placing first in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet. He improved that mark by nearly a foot at the section meet, finishing third by clearing 12-feet, 11-inches.
Daniel Borash, senior, Royalton
Borash wrapped up his exemplary Royalton career with a trip to the state meet this spring, finishing 10th in the Class A 1,600 field in 4:30.34. Borash qualified for state by placing third and reaching the time standard at the section meet in 4:26.36. He also placed third at sections in the 3,200 (9:47.96) and swept the distance titles at the Prairie Conference meet, winning the 1,600 (4:32.81) and 3,200 (10:03.82).
Tyler Millner, sophomore, Pierz
Millner paced Pierz with his sprinting and jumping abilities, while also combining the two to stand out in the hurdles this spring. Millner attaining Central Minnesota Conference championships in the 100 (11.5) and 300 hurdles (43.3) and took fourth in the long jump (19-feet, 1.25-inches). At the section meet, he led off Pierz’ fourth-place 4×100 relay team (46.08), earned fifth in the 100 (11.61), eighth in the 300 hurdles (43.56) and 12th in the long jump (18-feet, 7.75-inches).
Dustin Waytashek, senior, Pierz
Waytashek served as a powerful leader for Pierz, leading the team with his strength in the throws as well as the sprints. Waytashek qualified for the Section 5A meet in all four of his events, including a first-place finish at sub-sections in the 200 (24.79) and third-place marks in the shot put (41-feet, 3-inches) and discus (106-feet, 5-inches). He also led off the Pioneers’ 4×200 meter relay team, which took sixth at sections (1:37.48).
Isaiah Korver, junior, Little Falls
Jared Rickert, junior, Little Falls
Seth Wester, junior, Little Falls
Tim Infinger, sophomore, Little Falls
Dan Mushel, sophomore, Little Falls
Ben Huffman, senior, Pierz
Caleb Janson, senior, Pierz
Tyler Kieffer, senior, Pierz
Michael Marshik, senior, Pierz
Devaunte Stumpf, senior, Pierz
Preston Weber, senior, Pierz
Zach Carlson, freshman, Royalton
Callan Drill, senior, USA
Kyle Kolstad, junior, Holdingford
Brody Davidson, sophomore, Holdingford