Trysten Ross, senior, Little Falls
Some athletes show marked improvement from year-to-year. Ross, the Record’s Athlete of the Year, did one better. Already one of the top throwers around when the year began, Ross turned himself into one of the best in the state, winning the Granite Ridge Conference shot put title, placing second by an inch in the discus and ultimately placing sixth in the Class AA state shot put.
Tim Infinger, senior, Little Falls
Infinger remained one of the top blazers around with a stellar senior season, highlighted by a Granite Ridge Conference individual championship in the 400 (52.01) that helped lead the Flyers to a team crown. Infinger also earned third place in the conference in the 200 (24.09) and advanced to the section finals in both events.
Dan Mushel, senior, Little Falls
Mushel came into the year already having experienced a first-place vault in the Granite Ridge Conference, which he ultimately duplicated this spring. But he also added a trip to the state meet to cap off his senior season, clearing 13-feet to earn a runner-up finish at the Section 8AA meet, then going on to place 13th at state.
Sebastian Sowada, senior, Little Falls
Sowada attained plenty of individual accolades, but left his biggest mark on Little Falls history by clinching a trip to state for the 4×800 relay team as the anchor leg of the Section 8AA runner-up. Sowada also earned All-Granite Ridge Conference honors in the 800 (2:02.1) and 1,600 (4:26.5).
Mathew Massmann, senior, Little Falls
Massmann competed as the opening leg on the Flyers’ 4×800 relay team that advanced and took 10th place at the Class AA state meet in 8:11.79. Massmann also provided a pair of top-four individual finishes in the 800 and 1,600 at the Granite Ridge Conference meet and reached the Section 8AA finals in the 800 with a prelim time of 2:00.54.
Robbie Skiba, junior, Pierz
Already a solid contributor entering this season, Skiba made the giant leap into becoming one of the best in the state. Skiba won the Section 5A title in the 400 in 51.02 seconds before coming within a fraction of a second of reaching the state finals in the event. Skiba also earned All-Central Minnesota Conference honors in the 400 and 110 hurdles and added points in the long jump and relays.
Tyler Millner, senior, Pierz
Making the all-area team has become old hat for Millner, a four-year selection. Not only a dangerous sprinter individually and for a pair of Pierz relays that advanced to the Section 5A meet, Millner used his speed to great effect in the 300 hurdles. Millner was the Central Minnesota Conference runner-up in the event, later taking third place at sections in 41.43 seconds.
Zach Carlson, junior, Royalton
Within hours of nearly advancing to state in the 1,600 with a third-place finish in Section 5A (4:32.16), Carlson did so with a runner-up performance in the 3,200, eventually taking eighth in Class A (9:54.85). Carlson also was the Prairie Conference runner-up in both events.
Grant Bullert, junior, Holdingford
Bullert was a point-scoring machine across the field as well as on the track, and a vital piece in the Huskers’ true team state championship. Bullert earned top-five finishes in the 110 hurdles, long jump, triple jump and high jump at true team state, earned All-Central Minnesota Conference honors in three events and advanced to state in the triple jump.
Logan Smith, junior, Holdingford
Smith was the lone area competitor to advance to state in three events, taking part in a pair of relays, including the Huskers’ fifth-place 4×800 relay quartet, and individually in the 400. Smith also helped the Huskers to a state true team championship by winning the 400 (52.66) and was All-Central Minnesota Conference in three races.
Boys Honorable mention
Tucker Brastad, senior, Little Falls
Thomas Tabatt, senior, Little Falls
Nick Maslowski, freshman, Little Falls
Tyler Moore, freshman, Little Falls
Karl Kohler, sophomore, Pierz
Ethan McCoy, sophomore, USA
Chris Burg, senior, Holdingford
Brody Davidson, senior, Holdingford
Abe Skwira, junior, Holdingford
Matt Vasilj, junior, Holdingford
Our selection process
Results from the postseason meets of all five area track and field teams (Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton, Upsala-Swanville Area and Holdingford) were recorded. These meets included true team, conference, sub-section, section and state meets.
From these results, the top 10 boys and girls track and field athletes were determined and selected to the 2014 Record All-Area teams. Place, time, field marks, points earned, strength of competition, consistency and contributions toward team success were the primary considerations. Athletes excelling in multiple events were given stronger consideration. Head-to-head results were used when available. Results from regular season meets were also taken into consideration, but not weighted as heavily.
Athletes that were given consideration but not named to the 10-athlete teams earned honorable mention distinction.