Jo (Arvesen) Hickerson
Jo (Arvesen) Hickerson graduated from Waseca High School in 1982 where she was a sensational all-around athlete and from the University of Minnesota in 1987.
Jo lettered in swimming as a freshman, tennis as a sophomore and junior, and cross country as a senior. She lettered in basketball for four years and in track for five years, earning total of 13 letters at Waseca High School.
Jo participated in varsity track as a seventh grader when she was asked to run the mile in the conference meet and she placed second. She then ran at sub-regions and was second again so she ran in the regions and set a school record, but missed going to state by one place. Not bad for a seventh grader.
During high school she was on teams that won a couple of conference track championships, a conference tennis championship, a conference basketball championship and the girls basketball team played in the region championship game in 1982.
Individually, Jo had a lot of success and received a number of awards. In track, she went to state track meets in 1980, 1981 and 1982, placing second in the 200 meter hurdles, 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles, and placed in the long jump three years in a row with a 4th, 5th and 6th place finish. The highlight of her state tournament appearances would have been her state championship in 1982 in the 200 meter hurdles.
Jo was all-conference in her only year out for cross country, and all-conference and all-state in basketball. She was MVP in basketball her senior year and MVP in track in her junior and senior years. In 1982, she was Waseca High School Female Scholar/Athlete of the year.
After graduation from high school, Jo attended St. Olaf College for a year where she participated in basketball and track, participating in the nationals that year in the long jump and 400 meter hurdles.
Jo then transferred to the University of Minnesota where she had an outstanding career in track. In 1986 she placed 4th in the Pentathlon at the Indoor Big Ten championships and 5th in the Pentathlon at the Outdoor Big Ten championships. She was also the team MVP that year and was captain of the Women’s Track and Field team her senior season in 1987. She also set a school record in the long jump at nearly 18 feet.
There is little doubt that Jo was one of the finest athletes to ever play at Waseca High School.
Today, Jo is a substitute teacher in Warsaw, Indiana Public School System and she and her husband, former Major League pitcher Bryan Hickerson, are parents of four children, Emily, Joey, Claire and Thomas.