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Mike Sonnabend

Head Coach - High Jump

Justin Rein

Assistant Coach - Hurdles

Eddie Bryson

Assitant Coach, Volunteer - Throws

Fred Farrand

Assistant Coach, Volunteer - Distance

Brian Ihrke

Activities Director

Phone: 507-328-5330

Brandan Stanek

Assistant Coach - Sprints

Luke Fischer

Assistant Coach - Sprints

Kyle Riggott

Assistant Coach, Volunteer - Jumps

James Dammen

Assistant Coach, Volunteer - Pole Vault

Kim Griffin

Activities Office Manager

Phone: 507-328-5330

Dan Feda

Assistant Coach - Distance

Sam Sonnabend

Assistant Coach - Throws

Wilmon Lundi

Vollunteer Assistant Coach- Jumps

Ashley Harding

Athletic Trainer

Phone: (507) 564-2981 - text



It's time for Spring Break. Optional practices are available for those who will be spending their break in Rochester. This is a great way to maintain your progress before our meets begin when regular practices start again.

Here are the practices available for each event group:


Tuesday, April 4 10:00 - Noon Dakota Middle School
Wednesday, April 5 10:00 - Noon Dakota Middle School
Thursday, April 6 10:00 - Noon Dakota Middle School


Friday, March 30 3:30 Coach Dan's house
Saturday, March 31 8:00 Coach Dan's house
Monday, April3 3:30 Coach Dan's house
Tuesday, April 4 3:30 Coach Dan's house
Wednesday, April 5 6:30 am RCTC Fieldhouse
Thursday, April 6 3:30 Coach Dan's house


Trying to figure out a place to practice. JM and Mayo have construction going on. Checking on Century or other option


NOW OPEN : Booster Club Spirit Wear Store

Looking for more spirit wear to add to you collection. The booster club has put together a collection of great items to help support our track and field program. Not only are the designs unique, five dollars of each sale goes to our team.

The store is open all season and orders are delivered straight to you home. Anyone can order from the store, so pass the link to those who want to help promote and support our team.

Click here to order: JM TRACK & FIELD STORE


APRIL 7: Minnesota State Mankato Relay Championships

Our second indoor meet of the season will take place at Minnesota State Mankato. This is a large meet that features relays of some sort in all events. Entries will again be limited, so event coaches will announce who is attending before Spring Break. Meet information is posted below:

2nd Annual MINNESOTA STATE RELAY Championships

BUS LOADING:     1:00pm

Open to ALL High School teams. Team scores will be kept.

The official meet website can be found under the “HS Track Meets” tab at

Online: – Hero’s Timing

Questions regarding the meet:

Entries Open:
Sunday, April 2nd, 2023, at 12:00pm

Entry Deadline:
Tuesday, April 4th, 2023, at 8:00pm


Each school may enter ONE relay team (4 total 
athletes) per relay (per gender) for events that use a baton.

Field events will be capped at 4 per school (per gender), with a 3 person per school per gender cap in the long jump events.

Straight away sprints 60m/60h are capped at 4 athletes per team per gender.

The 4xmile will be ran individually in heats without a baton and cumulative time will be added for placing. Athlete performances will be added together for a cumulative total for results. Placing will be based off cumulative “relay team” total.

Heat sheets will be posted on by 5:00pm oN 
Thursday April 6th, 2023

Located under the Rock wall. Coaches meeting will start promptly at 4:00pm. This area will also serve as the coach’s hospitality room throughout the meet.

The track is an 8-lane 200m track (all 8 lanes will be utilized) with 8 straightaway lanes for 60m dash. 1⁄4 inch pyramid spikes will be allowed on MONDO surface.

Results will be displayed on the video board directly after each race with paper copies posted on south side of track near finish line.

There will be limited warm-up areas on the track; all warm-ups can be done in upper concourse of Taylor Center basketball arena. (No Spikes in Taylor Center – Signs will be posted)


Hip numbers will be located in the Southwest corner of the facility under the large MSU purple tent.

Check-in/Clerking for each relay will take place at the
start line of the specific event.

Field event check-in will take place at the event area.

Only anchors will need hip numbers. 60/60h do not need numbers.

Team camp areas will be available in Taylor Center gym. No team camps will be allowed in the indoor track.

Hurdles will be available for practice. Please do not remove hurdles from team area. SPIKES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN

1⁄4 exposed pyramid spikes ONLY! THERE WILL BE A SPIKE CHECK THAT IS MANDATORY. We have brand new Mondo Surface and we will enforce spike checks. Please ensure your athletes are using 1⁄4 inch spikes or smaller.

Located inside the track. Distance from take off board to pit is 8 feet. Approach is up to 120 ft. Open cafeteria-style pit for each horizontal jump section (refer to schedule).

From the time teams arrive up until 4:15pm, the runway will be open for approaches. There will be a 15-minute window after
triple jump, before long jump for final approach work.

Please get marks and practice approaches completed upon arrival to facility! The painted measurements on the runway are accurate for long jump.

TRIPLE JUMP: This is a change from last year, we will only be contesting the long jump due to only one competition sand pit.

On the infield. We will be running 2 high jump pits. Once entries are accepted, we will split up fields FOR two different pits and set opening heights and progressions.

Located on inside of the track. Progressions will be set based on number of 

SHOT PUT: Permanent throw ring is located on the infield on the north end of the facility. This will be only field event that has finals. Each athlete will get 3 total throws. The cumulative total of your “relay team” of 4 athletes will be used
for results.

There will be no locker room use, please have your athletes dressed and 
ready to go upon arrival!

AWARDS: Awards will be given to the top relay teams in each event. The awards for each event will take place following the final of the event. Please inform your athletes to not leave the event area following the conclusion of the event. An
“event staff” member will escort the top relay to the awards area. This year we will also award team title trophies for each gender!

APRIL 10 - 17: Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe Fundraiser

When everyone returns from Spring Break, our team will charge into our first big fundraiser. Once again this year, we will partner with Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe to offer great products most everyone enjoys. Items range from variety packs containing chicken, beef, and pork. individual packs of chicken, hamburger, a variety of brats,  beef sticks, and more. Gift cards are also available.

Funds collected will go towards helping to purchase a record board for the stadium, new pole vault and high jump pits, team awards, and food for our team banquet.

Our kickoff will take place at the end of practice on Monday. Our head coaches will inform everyone of how the fundraiser works and incentives to encourage a great event.


April 18: Volunteers Needed For Home Meet

Our first outdoor meet of the seeson will take place at John Marshall on Tuesday, April 18. In order to make this a succesfull meet, we will need volunteers at various positions. No experience is needed. If you can help, please sign-up on the Google Form below. Thanks in advance and we look forward to a great meet!

Click here to volunteer: JM TRACK MEET

May 5: JV Middle School/JV Meet

JM will be hosting a Middle School/JV meet on Friday, May 5 Like the other meets we have orgaized, we will need volunteers at various positions. No experience is needed. If you can help, please sign-up on the Google Form below. Thanks in advance and we look forward to a great meet!

Click here to volunteer: JM TRACK MEET

May 11: JV All-City

Our JV athletes will begin their Championship season with the annual JV All-City Meet on Friday, May 12 at John Marshall. Like the other meets we have orgaized, we will need volunteers at various positions. No experience is needed. If you can help, please sign-up on the Google Form below. Thanks in advance and we look forward to a great meet!

Click here to volunteer: JM TRACK MEET

May 21: Special Olympics Service Project

Since 2014, JM Track & Field has supported Special Olympics by helping with their Regional Southeast Track and Field Meet held at John Marshall. Team members help in all aspects of the meet, including assistance with field events, escorting athletes to their events, timing and recording performances, checking athletes in as they arrive, set-up, and clean-up of the facilities.

Volunteers and needed in all areas. Sign-up early to reserve your spot for a specific event and time. Positions may be shared with another person, so everyone can be involved. No experience is necessary and training is provided before your shift. Your help is greatly appreciated by Special Olympics.

Thanks in advance for your support and we look forward to a great day of promoting the sport of Track & Field to others.

This year's event information:

DATE: Sunday, May 21
TIME: 7:45-3:00 (You are not expected to stay the entire event)
WHERE: John Marshall Stadium

For specific information and how to volunteer, click here: SPECIAL OLYMPICS


Here is a master calendar of all activities taking place during the 2023 season. This is still a work in progress with some MS/JV meets still in progress. The are also some small items that are still being worked on. Changes to the calendar will be posted as they occur.

UPDATE: The date for the JV All-City Meet was incorrect. It has been corrected to Thursday, May 11.

2023 Track & Field Captains

We are happy to announce our Captains for the 2023 track and field season. The following individuals were chosen by the 2021 Captains for their commitment and leadership abilities:

  • Keondre Bryant (Sr.) - Sprints
  • Michael Nicometo (Sr.) - Sprints
  • Andrew Sonnabend (Sr.) - Distance
  • Luke  Backholm (Sr.) - Throws
  • Ryan Jirik (Sr.) - Jumps

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Personal Records 246
Grade Level Progression 48
Letter Qual. Performances 20
State Honor Roll Performances 7
All-Conference Performances 4
All-State Performances 1
60-Seconds Crowns 13
Scholar Athletes 4