Stillwater’s Krahn on pace to be state’s fastest Miler?
Super soph on track to reach if not surpass Minnesota Mile greats Garry Bjorklund, Steve Holman and Rob Finnerty
By Patrick Johnson, Special to the Star Tribune
Stillwater coach Scott Christensen said he believes sophomore Eli Krahn has what it takes to be the best Miler the state of Minnesota ever has seen.
“He certainly has a chance. I’d take him over anybody else if you’re looking from a starting point,” said Christensen, the boys’ track & field and cross country coach at Stillwater since 1981.
Krahn burst onto the scene last year, winning the 1600 meter run State title in a national freshman record time of 4 minutes, 9.38 seconds.
Krahn bested a trio of talented senior teammates in the state title victory, including state cross country champ Wade Hall. The race also included highly regarded runners such as Richfield’s Obsa Ali, who won the 3200m state title, and Edina record-holder Will Burke.
Krahn’s finish, in one of track’s glamour events, opened a lot of eyes.
“After the State Meet it got pretty crazy pretty fast,” Krahn said. “I was just trying to figure out how to deal with all of it.”
In his 34 years at Stillwater, Christensen has built the premier distance running program in the state. It’s pretty much to Minnesota to what the University of Oregon is to the United States.
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