HIBBING — Congratulations goes out to Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin (G/N-K) sophomore Geno Uhrbom for winning the Triple Crown of high school distance running.

Back in the fall of the recently completed school year, Geno won the first of his state championships when he won the Minnesota Class A Cross Country Meet. So, with that title in hand, he entered the state Class A track and field meet last weekend needing to win both the 3,200-meter run and the 1,600-meter run to win the Triple Crown.

Uhrbom won the 3,200 race on Friday night to set himself up for the race for all the marbles on Saturday: the 1,600 run. According to G/N-K coach WIll Floersheim, Geno took the lead about 300 meters into the race and he kept up a fast pace in winning going away. With that win came the elusive Triple Crown.

I checked for information on the Triple Crown of distance running in Minnesota and there was no record of any runner having accomplished this feat. However, I didn’t find much record at all so it is unknown how often this has been accomplished, if indeed it has been accomplished before.

With two years of high school competition ahead of him, I asked him what else he has to prove as a high school runner. He said he may be shooting for some state records in the next couple years and by the way he keeps dropping time, I surely am not going to doubt his ability to set those records.

Keep it going, Geno!

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It will be interesting to see who the Minnesota Timberwolves will take with the 11th pick in the NBA draft that is coming up.

I looked at a couple of mock drafts on Tuesday and saw that both of them had the Wolves picking a big player who can complement Karl Anthony Towns in the paint. The people who performed the mock draft were interested in finding pieces to build around Towns, such as a power forward who can help defend and stretch the floor, and a big man in the middle who can back up Towns and perhaps play with Towns in some sets. I agree with this philosophy as Towns is clearly the Timberwolves’ best player.

It seems there is a lot of talent available at the 11th pick but that it is kind of a crap shoot. There are several players who have the potential to be stars but they all have issues or flaws that might hinder them in the NBA. Let’s hope Minnesota drafts a player that can play in the rotation right away and contribute in areas that the team needs improvement in.

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