July 2018 Athletes of the Month


August 12, 2018

Mendota Heights - Joe Fahnbulleh of Hopkins High School and Park Flyers Track & Field Club, took the Minnesota sprinting world by storm this spring, “wowing” fans in the stands each time he took the track with his long and powerful, yet easy-looking stride. Fahnbulleh dominated basically every meet he participated in this spring, which included a Minnesota state Class AA title in the 200 meters, a runner-up finish as part of the Hopkins 4x100m relay team, and a second state title as part of the Hopkins 4x200m relay team. Fahnbulleh really found this stride, though, after the Minnesota high school track & field season had concluded by qualifying for the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina at the USATF Region 8 Junior Olympic Outdoor Championships. In North Carolina, Fahnbulleh won the national title for the 17-18 age division in the 200m with a time of 20.69, setting a Minnesota state record that bested Jon Boyd of Mankato East’s mark from 2004, and becoming the 3rd fastest high school athlete in the nation for 2018 among wind-legal performances, earning him the title of USATF Minnesota’s July Men’s Athlete of the Month. Before this meet, Fahnbulleh had never broken 21-seconds for 200 meters, and now Fahnbulleh is the top returner in the country for 200m heading into the 2019 high school track & field season. Not to be overlooked, Fahnbulleh also finished 3rd in nation in his age-division in the 100m with a time of 10.63.
Julia Fixsen of Mounds View High School and Fleigle's Flyers, further cemented herself in the history books as Minnesota’s best girl’s pole vaulter ever, and one of the top in the world right now. Not only did Fixsen win her second straight Minnesota state championship this Spring, but she also set the Minnesota All-Time record with her jump of 13-09.25 feet. One week later on June 17th in Bloomington, Indiana, Fixsen placed 2nd at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships with an even better vault of 13-11.25 feet, qualifying her to represent Team USA at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland from July 10th-15th, and securing her spot as the No. 13 all-time outdoor performer in U.S. high school track and field history in the girl’s pole vault. In Finland, Fixsen finished tied for 7th in the world (under 20 years old) and as the top American with a vault of 13-09.25, earning her the honor of USATF Minnesota’s July Women’s Athlete of the Month.
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To nominate an athlete for USATF Minnesota’s Athlete of the Month award, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to maxwellkuzara@gmail.com with the subject line “Athlete of the Month Nomination”.

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Maxwell Kuzara
Athlete of the Month Committee Chair
Communications & Media Director
USA Track & Field Minnesota