Thinking About the Kids...


By Goose

Mav and I have begun to scutinize the 2023 tri season to determine who set the highest performance standards. More than that, we are interested in patting as many triathletes on the back as possible, whether or not they are unoffical nominees for unofficial honors. Name-dropping is a big deal to us because it's about celebrating the depth of talent in our state and how good we have it here.

Some of the people we will highlight here haven't been prior nominees but sure kicked some tush this year, liked Alexandria residents COREY NYGAARD and KADIE HOKANSON, or first-time tri winner KATIE KADERA from Marine on St. Croix. KEITH TUFTE, 63, of Excelsior had an outstanding year and could land an unoffical Grand Master nomination alongside  previous winners JEFFREY WARSHAW (60, Minneapolis) and TIM BROWN (64, St. Paul).

STEPHANIE PETERSON, 46, had a breakout season, as did SEAN PICKLE (18, St. Cloud). Both are newcomers to MMH consideration....

Today we are looking at the Junior boys. The next post will cover the Junior girls. One issue is that with the diminishing number of races in our state--thirty-six races were on the 2023 Minnesota calendar--is whether two or three outstanding performances should be required for recognition. In either case, here are the Juniors that rocked out in 2023:


NOAH BILLINGS, 17, Rochester - A prolific racer, Noah was the 2022 Junior of the Year.


- 1st overall @ Maple Grove Sprint - AG Record

- 1st overall @ Tri Clear Lake (Iowas State Sprint Championship)

- 2nd @ Trinona Sprint - AG Record

- 2nd overall / 1st Jr. @ Buzz Ryan

- 5th overall / 1st Jr. @ Apple Duathlon




- 3rd overall / 2nd Jr. @ Green Lake Sprint

- 3rd overall / 1st Jr. @ Clearwater Sprint

- 5th overall / 1st Jr. @ Buzz Ryan 


NOAH MAHONEY, 18, Monticello - 


- 1st overall @ Turtleman Sprint

- 4th / 2nd Jr. @ Tri West *

- 15th / 3rd Junior @ Clearwater Olympic


SEAN PICKLE, 18,St. Cloud


- 1st overall @ Big Lake Sprint

- 2nd overall / 1st Jr. @ Square Lake Sprint

- 3rd overall / 1st Jr. @ Timberman Sprint

- 4th overall / 1st Jr. @ Buffalo Sprint

- 4th overall / 1st Jr. @ Manitou Sprint

- 4th overall / 3rd Jr. @ Green Lake Sprint

- 5th overall / 1st Jr. @ Lakes Country - AG Recordcorbintommysean.png


TOMMY RUNKLE, 15, Sartell


- 2nd overall / 1st Jr. @ Green Lake Sprint

- 15th overall  / 2nd Jr. @ Apple Duathlon


NOLAN SNYDER, 14, Sartell


- 2nd overall / 2nd Jr. @ Big Lake Sprint

- 6th overall / 2nd Jr. @ Lakes Country

- 8th overall / 2nd Jr. @ Buffalo Sprint

- 16th overall 4h Jr. @ Clearwater Olympic

Top Photo - The Mahoney's - Isabel and Noah

Page 2 photo 1 - Lakes Country Junior Podium (L-R) - Nolan Snyder, 14, Sean Pickle, 18, Gavin Jacobson, 17.

Page 2 photo 2 - Green Lake Junior podium (L-R) - Corbin Deichman, 15, Tommy Runkle, 15, Sean Pickle, 18.