The 2009 Raider boys track and field season came to an end on a rainy Saturday at Hamline University. John Holt finished in 2nd place in the 1600 meter, finishing in 4:17.78, bust shy of his RAHS record. Matt Nemec finished 6th in the pole vault, earning all-state honors with a finishing height of 13'6. Equally impressive was Kyle O'Connor's day, which included a full foot improvement up to 13'6. Kyle, who fouled at earlier heights, finished 11th. Tony Kablan cleared 6'2 in the high jump to finish 11th as well. The team finished 25th overall.
Congratulations to the following team award winners:
Coaches Award: Colton Graham
MVP Award: Tony Kablan
Most Improved: Matt Warren
Rookie of the Year: Emeche Wells
The 2010 captains for the Roseville Raiders are:
Larry Mbayu (sprints)
Aaron Anderson-Walker (Throws/Jumps)
Zach Allen (middle distance)
Mark Haas (middle distance)
Great job on a great season Roseville! Work hard, run hard and play hard this summer and next fall!
Congratulations to John Holt, Colton Graham, Tony Kablan, Matt Nemec and Kyle O'Connor on qualifying for the MSHSL State meet next week at Hamline University! The Roseville Raiders experienced great success in the Section 4AA meet despite some unfortunate adversity. Senior captain Charles Amoloja, the number 2 seed in the 400 meter and an integral part of our 4X100 and 4X400 meter relay teams, was ill and unable to compete. Despite his absence, both relays ran extremely well finishing 3rd overall and either equaling their season best (4X100) or running their season best (4X400). Matt Nemec and Kyle O'Connor qualified on prelims day in the Pole Vault finishing in 1st and 2nd and vaulting 13'5 and 12'8 respectively. Tony Kablan, nursing a groin injury, won the High Jump and narrowly missed raising his school record to 6'6 1/4''. John Holt won the 1600 by over 5 seconds and is amongst the favorites in the race at state. Colton Graham ran a gritty and determined 800 meter, finishing first in 1:58.25, a full second faster than his previous best. Roseville finished 3rd overall in the section meet, just 6 points out of 2nd and 11 points out of 1st. T
The Raiders finished fourth in the Suburban East Conference meet last night, the first time they have finished out of the top 3 since 2004. Were it not for a difficult day bouncing back from the State True Team meet on Tuesday, the Raiders would have had a great shot at winning the meet. There were a number of significant performances on Finals day, which bodes quite well for the big Section 4AA meet coming up next week. John Holt earned all conference honors two times over, winning the 1600 in a school record 4:17.47 and placed 2nd in the 800 meter running the 2nd fastest time in school history in prelims with a finish of 1:56.77. Charles Amoloja won the 400 meter in a personal record 49.99 and also ran the 2nd leg of the Conference champion 4X100 meter team. The 4X100 of Clement Attipoe, Amoloja, Caleb El-Afandi and Larry Mbayu earned their All-Conference honors running 43.76, a full second faster than they had run all year! Larry Mbayu also earned all-conference honors finishing 2nd in the 100 meter in a personal record 11.13. Freshman phenom Emeche Wells finished a very difficult 300 IM hurdles race in a personal record 41.38 finishing 3rd and earning all-conference honors. Matt Nemec also earned all-conference by placing 2nd in the pole vault continuing his assault on 13'6. Both Kyle O'Connor and Dean Spencer set personal records in the meet, vaulting 12'6 (6th place) and 11'6 (10th place) respectively. Sophomore Justin Adams earned all-conference honors in the high jump again going 6'2 to finish in a tie for 2nd place. Matt Warren continued his great season, finishing 4th in the 110 meter high hurdles in a personal record 15.70. The 4X800 of Matt Carlson, Nick Gawreluk, Mark Haas and Colton Graham ran their best time of the season finishing in 3rd in 8:16.91.
The section meet next week in Stillwater will boast 4 of the top5 teams in the SEC, making it one of the most competitive sections in the state. The order of events and time schedule for both Tuesday and Thursday have been posted under the '2009 Meet Results' link to your left. You can also find the complete results from the conference meet there as well.
Great job Raiders! One meet to go and then we take it to the state (again!).
The Roseville Raider boys track and field team placed 6th in the Minnesota State True team in
Stillwater on Friday night. Many athletes experienced personal records despite competing in the wind
and rain. Senior Matt Nemec won the pole vault with a height of 13'6. Junior Alexi Moran set a
personal record in the long jump with a leap of 19'9.75'' as did freshman Emeche Wells jumping
20'2''. Evan Miles likewise set a personal record in the triple jump going 39'2.75. Junior Larry
Mbayu finished 2nd in the 100 Meters in 11.41. John Holt was 2nd in both the 800 meter and the 1600
meter. Caleb El-Afandi and Tommy McGreal both set personal records in the 300 IM hurdles going 41.86
and 43.12 respectively. Overall the Raiders put together a solid effort in what was a highly
competitive state meet.
The Suburban East Conference meet is this week at Park of Cottage Grove. Roseville has finished top
3 in the most competitive track and field conference in the state for the last 6 years. We again
look to finish amongst the top 3 teams this year.
The Roseville Raiders are champions again! Roseville won the Suburban East freshman/sophomore
conference meet by 28 points over White Bear Lake. This is a significant accomplishment for our
program, as it is a clear indication of our bright future. Jake Frey won the shot put, Mike McBurney
won the 3200, Justin Adams won the high jump, Caleb El-Afandi won the 300 IM hurdles and was second
in the 100 meters. Emeche Wells was 2nd in the 110 meter high hurdles and ran on the 1st place 4X400
team with Jason Holt, Jake McCann and Matt Allen. The 4X800 of Jeremey Tan, John Wiehe, Brennan
Kelly and Matt Carlson finished second. David Stanley ran a personal best in the 200 meter to finish
2nd. Way to go Raider Freshman and Sophomore!
Coming up we have our most important meet of the season -- the STATE TRUE TEAM! The meet will take
place Friday night under the lights in Stillwater. three teams from the Suburban East made the meet
(WBL, FL, Rose) and 4 teams from the lake conference (EP, Rosemount, Eagan, Lakeville North). The
other teams include Buffalo and Andover. It will be a total battle for the top 5 spots and many team
are very close in skill and ability. Roseville will no doubt have to have their absolute best meet
of the season if they are to compete for the top spots!
Please come out and support us as we attempt to earn a state true team championship and accomplish
the ultimate goal for our program. A time schedule and order of events has been posted under the
'Meet Results Link.'
After finishing behind Mounds View 7 straight years in the Section 6AAA True Team meet, the Roseville
boys track and field team finally put a stop to Mounds View's streak of 12 straight championships.
Roseville won in impressive fashion, scoring 911 points to the Mustangs 804. The Raiders will now
compete in the biggest meet in Minnesota high school Track and Field, the State True Team Meet, held
in Stillwater on Friday May 15.
To win a true team meet, every individual has to achieve their absolute best. Many Raider athletes
broke personal records or matched their season best performances last night! Tony Kablan won 3
events (300 IH hurdles, Triple Jump, High jump), scored 94 points for the team, and tied the school
record in the high jump, leaping 6'6''. John Holt was a double events winner, taking home the top
finishes in the 1600 and 800 meter. Charles Amoloja anchored the 3rd place 4X200 meter team
(Hubbard, McCann, Wells) won the 400 meter in a personal record 50.15 and placed 3rd in the 200
meter in a personal record 22.89. Matt Warren won the 110 HH in a personal record 16.07, running
into the wind. This was a HUGE victory for Matt and an inspiring finish for all Raider athletes.
Larry Mbayu finished 3rd in the 100 meter in a personal record 11.38, and 6th in the 200 meter in a
season best 23.40. In addition to great individual performances, every Roseville relay finished in
the top 3!! The 4X800 relay team of Matt Carlson, Jeremey Tan, Nick Gawreluk and Mark Haas finished
in a season best 8:29.29. The 4X100 relay team of Caleb El-Afandi, Henry Amoloja, Clement Attipoe
and Larry Mbayu finished in a season best 44.79. The 4X400 of Zach Allen, Henry Amoloja, Jake
McCann and Jason Holt finished in 3:35.55.
Coming up this Tuesday we have the freshman/sophomore conference meet at WBL, in which we hope to
finish amongst the top 2 teams.
Great job Raider athletes on an impressive performance!
Roseville represented well at the Hamline Elite meets this past Friday and Saturday. John Holt
finished 2nd in the 1600 meter in a blistering time of 4:18.93. Holt is now less than a second away
from breaking the RAHS record in the event, and just two seconds away from running the fastest 1600
meter in Roseville history! Fighting a difficult wind, Charles Amoloja finished 4th in the 400
meter. The 4X400 of Amoloja, Zach Allen, Jason Holt and John Holt ran a season best 3:30.19 and
finished in 5th place. Tony Kablan finished 5th and Justin Adams 7th in the high jump. On Saturday
Matt Nemec and Dean Spencer combined in the pole vault to go 24 feet, good enough for 1st place!
The section true team meet is approaching quickly and Roseville will use this next week to prepare
both physically and mentally. Our biggest goal on the season is to qualify for the State True Team
meet!! Go RAIDERS!
The Roseville Raiders ran away with the Roseville Invite. The Raiders scored more than 100 points
more than the closest competitor (Forest Lake) and almost 200 points more than the last place team!
John Holt won the 1600 and the 800. Tony Kablan won the triple jump with a season best 41'9, the
high jump (6'2) and set a personal record winning the 300 IM hurdles in 41.70. The 4X800 team of
Graham, Carlson, Tan and Haas finished first in 8:35.33. For the first time this year Roseville
finally went after a meet and the results were impressive! Complete meet results are available on
the 2009 Meet Results page.
The following Roseville athletes qualified for the Elite meet at Hamline University on Friday night:
John Holt, 1600 Meter, 4X400
Charles Amoloja, 400 Meter, 4X400
Zach Allen, 4X400
Jason Holt, 4X400
Tony Kablan, High Jump
Justin Adams, High Jump
The order of events and time schedule for the Hamline Elite meet is available on the 2009 Meet
In other news, Raider athletes who sold items in our successful fundraiser will be delivering their
product on Thursday of this week. Athletes will want to collect and turn in the money from their
Great job ROSEVILLE with everything you've done thus far this season!
A great night was had by all in Lakeville on Friday. The weather was perfect for a high caliber meet
that showcased numerous impressive performances. The Raiders finished 4th behind Eden Prairie,
Rosemount and Minnetonka. Coaches were thrilled with many performances but it is clear we have a
long way to go if we are to achieve our goals this season. Athletes are going to need to use the
next three weeks to get bigger, faster and stronger if we are to qualify for the state true team meet!
With that in mind, the Raiders are talented and it showed on Friday night! Charles Amoloja was named
the track athlete of the meet. He won the 400 Meter, despite being in 4th place with 30 meters left
in the race, finishing in 50.48. He was also 5th in the 200 meter in a personal record 23.21
seconds. John Holt won the 1600 in a personal record 4:20.17. He also anchored the 5th place 4X400
meter relay in a blistering 49 second split. Matt Nemec won the pole vault clearing 13'6 and
narrowly missing a personal record of 14 feet. Colton Graham registered a personal best 1:59.99 to
finish 5th in the 800 meter. The 4X800 meter relay of Matt Carlson, Jeremy Tan, John Wiehe and Mark
Haas all made significant drops in their splits while finishing 4th in 8:31.95. Sophomores Mike
McBurney(10:12.23) and Tim Stenlund (10:30.31) both finished with personal records in the 3200.
Junior rookie Reggie Ibhaze finished 5th in the shot put with a toss of 47'1/2'', while super soph
Jacob Frey set a personal record with his 45'2 3/4 put.
For video highlights of the meet, including those of John Holt winning the 1600 and Charles Amoloja
winning the 400 visit Kare11 at the following link:
The Raiders are hosting Forest Lake, Coon Rapids, Irondale, Park Cottage Grove and Prior Lake at
RAHS on Tuesday. Many athletes will have a chance to compete in front of our home fans so please
come out and support them!! The time schedule and order of events is posted under the 2009 meet
On Friday April 24th Hamline University will host the Hamline Elite meet. The schedule of events for
both Friday and Saturday have also been posted under the 2009 Meet results link. Athletes entered
thus far in the Elite meet include Tony Kablan and Justin Adams in the High Jump, Charles Amoloja in
the 400 meter, John Holt in the 1600, Caleb El-Afandi in the 300 IM hurdles, Reggie Ibahze in the
shot put, and the 4X400 meter relay team of Amoloja, Zach Allen, Jason Holt and John Holt. Coaches
will find out on Tuesday which of these athletes have been accepted to participate.
Note to the Nemec crew: boys pole vault on Friday night runs from 5:30 - 7:00. The starting height
is 11'6 and only 9 athletes will participate. The pole vault relay on Saturday is only 2 deep, which
makes it a tough decision as to which of our 11'6 vaulters would compete...Matt please contact me
via e-mail if you are interested in competing either of the nights. Please know your coaches support
whatever decision you make 100 percent!
The Roseville Raiders experienced great success again yesterday in Prior Lake. With very few varsity
athletes running in multiple events, the Raiders finished in second place to Blaine, edging out Coon
Rapids, Prior Lake and Providence Academy.
Notable performances included senior stud Matt Nemec with a personal best in the pole vault of 13'7.
Reggie Ibahze threw 44'10.75 in the shot put, recording his personal best. On the track Tony Kablan
won the 110 meter high hurdles in a personal best 16.41 and placed 2nd in the 300 IM hurdles,
despite running it for the 1st time ever. Freshman phenom Emeche Wells finished 3rd in the high
hurdle race also with a personal record of 16.83. Colton Graham finished 3rd in the 400 meter,
running 53.53, a solid effort considering it was his first time ever running the race. Junior Mark
Haas won the 800 meter, senior John Holt won the 3200, and the 4X100 and 4X200 meter relay teams
were victorious for the 3rd week in a row.
On Friday Roseville will travel to Lakeville North for the Mega Meet, which boasts some of the best
track and field programs across the state including Mounds View, Eden Prarie, Minnetonka, Edina,
Lakeville North, Grand Rapids, Armstrong and Winona. We are very happy to be competing amongst this
great group of athletes.
The Raiders turned in another impressive performance last night in White Bear Lake. We finished
second to the host Bears, in the WBL Relays. All 18 events in the meet were relays, which provided
an opportunity for many athletes to compete. Despite very few Roseville athletes running multiple
events, the Raiders boys managed to outlast Mounds View, Stillwater, Park Cottage Grove and Forest
Notable performances included junior Kyle O'Connor recording a personal best in the pole vault
clearing 11'6. Likewise sophomore Justin Adams PR'd in the high jump with a leap of 6'2. The high
jump relay of Tony Kablan (6'4) Adams, Lucas Brown (5'10) and Aaron Anderson-Walker (5'6) broke the
school record and placed first in the meet. In the discus, Dallas Bush placed 3rd overall with a
throw of 121'8. All Roseville discus throwers were over 100 feet (Piche, Pierce, Ibahze) in just
their 2nd time throwing outdoors this season.
On the track, the distance medley consisting of Zach Allen (400), Colton Graham (800), Mike McBurney
(1200) and John Holt (1600) won easily in front of 2nd place WBL by 22 seconds. 1600 meter run relay
of Matt Carlson (4:49) Jamie Brisbois (4:51) Nick Gawreluk (4:52) and Brian Comiskey (5:00.92)
finished in 2nd place. For the 2nd week in a row the 4X100 meter relay of Caleb El-Afandi, David
Stanley, Clement Attipoe and Larry Mbayu finished in first place!
Next week the entire Raider roster will head to Prior Lake for an unlimited entry quadrangular vs.
Blaine, Coon Rapids and Prior Lake. The following Friday the varsity will travel to Lakeville for
the true team Mega Meet. While it will be fun to see the continued elevation of athlete
performances, we are training through these meets and they are not of particular significance to our
overall goals as a program. Our focus is on staying healthy and working toward a performance peak in
What a "True Team" performance!! Last night in Stillwater your boys Raider track team looked like
they were in mid-season form. It seemed as though a Raider was winning every heat of every race, in
what was ultimately just a glorified scrimmage against Forest Lake, Mounds View and Stillwater. The
meet might not mean a whole lot in terms of our team goals, but it was nice to see that the
off-season and early season work is paying off.
Notable performances last night included senior captain Tony Kablan with a personal
record of 6'4'' in the high jump. Kablan flirted with the school record in the event, narrowly
missing 6'6'' twice. He is sure to at least tie the record this season! Justin Adams (6') Lucas
Brown (5'8'') and Davontay Mitchell (5'4'') also did a spectacular job in the high jump despite
cold weather and only a few practice sessions. Matt Nemec pole vaulted a personal best 13'1 to win
the event, while Freshman Emeche Wells pleased coaches greatly by popping off a 19' leap in the
long jump(a major accomplishment for a freshman in his first outdoor meet of the year). Rookie
junior Anthony Piche power threw 100 feet in the disc for his first time ever in the event! On the
track, senior captain John Holt ran a blistering 1600, winning easily in 4:32.79. Captain Colton
Graham finished the 1600 in 4:42.56, just seconds away from his personal record. Newcomer sophomore
Mike McBurney dominated
the competition in the 3200 finishing in 10:37.28. Similar dominance was seen in the
400 and 200, where senior captain Charles Amoloja won both events in 52.0 and 23.4 respectively. The
4X100 meterrelay team of Caleb El-Afandi, David Stanley, Clement "Cement" Attipoe, and Larry Mbayu
finished first in 44.47. El-Afandi also won the 300 IM hurdles despite a tumble in the final turn
of the race. Freshman Jake McCann and sophomore Jason Holt looked strong in the 400 meter, pushing
each other to finish in just over 55 seconds.
This meet was a great beginning to our outdoor season, but we certainly need to get
better if we are to achieve our goals this season. Great job athletes -- keep working HARD!!
The weather played a not so funny April fools day joke on us yesterday, causing
the "First Chance"meet in Stillwater to be postponed for one day. The meet will be held today,
despite the continued chilly weather. All 80+ athletes are expected to run at least one race and
many will participate in multiple events. This is another early opportunity for young athletes to
strut their stuff and get noticed by both their teammates and coaches. The meet will not be scored
and points toward lettering will not be garnered as this is not an official varsity meet. Results,
however, will be posted on our 2009 results page sometime this evening.
Next Tuesday we have the White Bear Lake Relays, which is our first official Varsity
meet. Although a lot of athletes will get to participate, the meet is limited and not every athlete
on our roster will have a chance to compete. The line-up for the WBL Relays will be posted on Friday.
Wish your Raider runners, jumpers and throwers luck as we compete in bone chilling
Parents of football and track athletes: Roseville District 623 is holding a community
informational meeting about the pending Athletic Facilities project, which would bring a new turf
football field to RAHS as well as a newly surfaced 8 lane track. The meeting is being held Thursday
March 26th, at 7:00 P.M. in the Nielsen Center (RAHS Auditorium). On behalf of the boys track
program I want to encourage you to attend in support of the project. This is a great opportunity for
our community to show pride in its student athletes and support for Roseville Area High School. The
project will significantly enhance the look of our athletic facilities and provide an even greater
reason for athletes to participate in Football, Soccer, Track and Field, and Lacrosse. The field
turf will improve game conditions, reduce injuries caused by loose footings, and save a HUGE amount
of money in field maintenance costs. As a head coach, I am excited about the opportunity of having
and using a top-notch facility for practice and competition.
Please consider attending the meeting and support our efforts to improve RAHS!!
The Raiders are off and running and practices are going well as the athletes work out
the soreness and shake off the fatigue. Our first outdoor meet is rapidly approaching. We'll be
going to Stillwater on April 1st for their "First Chance" meet, which will be a nice opportunity to
gage the early condition and strength of our athletes.
In other news, we're hoping to wrap up our fundraiser this week. Once again we've
asked athletes to sell, sell, sell on behalf of our program. Due to an inability to host any home
meets this year(because of a football field and track reconfiguration), we are not able to generate
much needed funds for our program. We need to raise in excess of $3,500 in order to stay afloat
financially. Tonight we are going to blitz the community in hopes that we can generate interest,
support anddollars for our program! Athletes are selling cookie dough, cheese cake, pizza kits and
If you're interested in helping fund our successful season please contact me via e-
mail by clicking the icon in the upper right hand corner of this page.
Our official roster has been posted and our numbers are strong again this year. We're
looking toward an inspired spring with great performances and top notch finishes. Please come
support us this season!! A schedule of our upcoming meets is linked to this page on your left, as
are driving directions to all of our away meets.
The 2009 Raider track and field season began today! It was great to see all the
athletes, old andnew...We're very excited about this campaign and want to encourage any athlete
still considering their participation to join us. Our numbers need to grow exponentially if we are
to reach our short and long term team goals.
A reminder to athletes and parents: student athletes may not participate in practice
until the fee,and permission slip are submitted and a current physical is on file with the athletic
department. Please process this information ASAP. If any complications arise contact Coach Grant in
the physical education office, or e-mail Coach Reetz using the E-mail icon in the upper right corner
of this page.
Also - don't forget to check out the practice and meet calendars linked to your left.
Athletes if you are working be sure to give your bosses a copy so they can plan your work schedule
Our 1st meet is indoor at Bethel University on Thursday 3/19. Only athletes who
participate in all spring break practices will be eligible to participate.
Roseville Raider track and field athletes, parents, fans, and coaches,
welcome to the 2009 version of the Raider boys track and field website. Within these
pages you will find everything you need to know about our upcoming championship season. Once again
these Raider runners, jumpers and throwers are primed to put together a historic season. Our goals
include championships in the Section and State True team meets as well as our Suburban East
Conference meet and the Section 4AA meet. We return a wealth of hard-working talent, only one year
removed from earning a top 3 finish at the State True Team meet, a top 2 finish in the best track
conference inthe state and a Section 4AA championship. Our coaching staff is excited about the
senior leadership from captains Tony Kablan, John Holt, Colton Graham and Charles Amaloja. We're
hoping to improve upon our numbers this year as we build toward a future where Roseville is always
reckoned with on the True Team stage.
With that in mind, athletes should recruit, recruit, recruit this off-season. We have
a spot for every kind of athlete and an equal opportunity for everyone to compete. Unlike other
sports, the stopwatch and the measuring tape don't lie. If you can earn a spot on a state
championship competing team the slot is YOURS!
So join us athletes and support us parents as we work hard to achieve lofty goals both
in the classroom and on the track. For further information about the program please read our team
philosophy, which is linked to your left and check out all the information from our successful 2008
Check back often for updates to our practice schedule, meet schedule and this news
Thanks and GO RAIDERS!