Phillip LaValle

“He had the gift. He was just a natural. He always strove to get better; just your dream athlete.”

Phillip LaVallee was an inspirational SDSU runner who was killed by a distracted driver while he was on a training run Aug. 8, 2013, near his Minnesota home.

Phil LaVallee left Monticello as the school’s premier distance runner. He tops its all-time cross-country honor roll and holds the school’s best time in the 800 meters and the 1,600 meters. He earned all-state honors in cross-country in 2011. In track in 2012, he was all-state in the 800 and on the 3,200-meter relay team.

Cross Country 2012

Finished 31st at the University of Minnesota OZ Memorial with a time of 20:18.45 (9/7)

Finished 15th at the SDSU Classic with a time of 26:31.34 (9/14)

Finished 101st at the University of Minnesota Griak Invite with a time of 27:03.8 (9/29)

Placed 110th at the Arkansas Chile Pepper Invite with a time of 33:04.2 (10/13)

Finished 15th at the Summit League Championships with a time of 26:26.2 (10/27)

Named to The Summit League Academic Honor Roll and to The Summit League’s Distinguished Scholars List

Phil LaValle helps Jacks secure

2012 Cross Country Summit Championship

Track & Field

Two Career Wins

- 800-meter run: 1:59.80 (4/6/2013 The Duals)

- 1,500-meter run: 4:00.64 (4/27/2013 Drake Alternative)


Ran 1:56.81 for an indoor season-best time in the 800-meter run at the Iowa State Classic (2/7)

Ran on SDSU distance medley relay team that finished third at The Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships with their time of 10:23.04 (2/24)

Finished fifth overall in the 800-meter at The Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships with his time of 1:57.04 (2/24)

Won the 800-meter run at The Duals in 1:59.80 (4/6)

Ran on the SDSU 4x400-meter relay team that finished fourth at the Nebraska Quad with their time of 3:29.24 (4/13)

Finished fifth at the Summit League Outdoor T&F Championships in an outdoor season-best time of 1:54.31 in the 800-meter (5/9)

Won the 1,500-meter run at the Drake University Alternative (4/27) with a time of 4:00.64

Ran an outdoor season-best in the UW-La Crosse NCAA Qualifier, 1,500-meter run with his time of 3:53.48 (5/17)

Monticello High School Teammate Dylan Ward's Dedication


The goal is to raise the Prairie Striders endowment account at the SDSU Foundation to $50,000 so that two $1,000 scholarships can be awarded annually. The club currently awards one $1,000 scholarship named the Prairie Striders/Phil LaVallee Memorial Scholarship.