Minnesota and Stanford each earned 23 USTFCCCA All-Academic individuals to lead NCAA Division I
Agnes Esser finished third in both the hammer throw and discus at the NACAC U23 Championships Friday
Agnes Esser competes in the discus and the hammer throw in San Salvador, El Salvador, this Friday
Nicolle Murphy and Jess Lehman competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials Saturday
Agnes Esser won the discus competition at the Canadian Championships Friday
Photos of Gophers at the 2016 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship by Walt Middleton.
Photos from day one of the 2016 Big Ten Conference Women's Track & Field Championship. Photos by Becky Miller.
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on February 27, 2015.
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Parents Day Invite on February 21, 2015.
Photos of women's track & field athlete Agnes Esser
2016 Season - Indoor: Competed at four meets, including one appearance in the shot put and four appearances in the weight throw • season-best marks in both events came at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual with a throw of 13.64m (44-09.00) for sixth place in the shot and a career-best throw of 19.25m (63-02.00) in the weight to place third and move into fifth among all-time Gophers • placed 14th in the weight throw at the Big Ten Championship with a throw of 18.38m (60-03.75).
2016 Season - Outdoor: Named Second Team All-American, USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • NCAA Championship qualifier in the discus • placed 15th in the discus (52.61m, 172-07) at the NCAA Championship • advanced to the NCAA Championship with a runner-up finish in the discus at the NCAA West Prelim, recording a program record throw of 57.91m (190-00) • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in both discus and hammer throw, taking 30th in hammer (57.35m, 188-02) • placed fifth in discus (53.20m, 174-06) and seventh in hammer throw (career-best 61.00m, 200-01) at the Big Ten Championship • moved into third in program history in hammer throw at 61.00m (200-01) • won both discus and hammer at the Tommie Twilight • won hammer at the UCLA Legends Invitational • represented her country at the Canadian Championships and Rio Selection Trials, winning the discus national title (50.32m, 165-01) and placing fifth in the hammer throw (59.11m, 193-11) as the only thrower to compete in multiple events • represented Canada at the 2016 NACAC U23 Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador, earning bronze in both the hammer throw 58.44m (191-09) and the discus (51.50m, 168-11).
2015 Season - Indoor: Competed in shot put at six meets and competed in weight throw twice • finished the season ranked 10th among all-time Gopher throwers with a season-best throw of 15.21m (49-11) in shot put • won shot put at the Parents Day Invite and Minnesota Open • placed 11th in shot put with a throw of 14.13m (46-04.25) at the Big Ten Championship • recorded a season-best throw of 15.64m (51-03.75) in weight throw at the Husker Invitational.
2015 Season - Outdoor: Competed at nine meets in the shot put (five meets), discus (eight meets), and hammer throw (six meets) • recorded career-best marks in all three events at the Musco Twilight, winning the discus (54.38m, 178-05) and placing fifth in both the shot put (14.35m, 47-01.00) and the hammer throw (58.40m, 191-07) • ended the season ranked fifth in the discus (54.38m) and ninth in the hammer throw (58.40m) among all-time Gopher throwers • placed fourth in the discus (52.93m, 173-8.25) and 20th in the shot put (12.79m, 41-11.50) at the Big Ten Championships • qualified for the NCAA West Prelim in both the discus (22nd, 52.08m) and the hammer throw (40th, 54.67m).
High School: A 2013 graduate of Frances Kelsey Secondary School in Mill Bay, British Columbia • placed 12th in the discus for Team Canada at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore. • won the discus title at the 2014 Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships with a throw of 46.32m • finished second in the discus and third in the shot put at the 2013 Canadian Jr. Track & Field Championships • competed for Team Canada at the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championship in Medellin, Colombia, and placed fourth in the shot put and fifth in the discus • begins her collegiate career with personal bests of 14.17m in the shot put, 49.75m in the discus and 38m in the hammer • also played basketball and volleyball for Frances Kelsey Secondary.
Personal: Born August 22, 1995 • daughter of Clemens Esser and Roselyn Evans • has four siblings, Hank, Teo, Lilly and Walter • majoring in physiology • interests include fine arts, drawing and painting.
|Esser's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Shot Put||49-11, 15.21m||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/24/15)|
|Weight Throw||63-02.00, 19.25m (AT-5th)||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/23/16)|
|Esser's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Shot Put||47-01, 14.35m||Musco Twilight (5/2/15)|
|Discus||190-00, 57.91m (AT-1st)||NCAA West Prelim (5/28/16)|
|Hammer Throw||200-01, 61.00m (AT-3rd)||Big Ten Championship (5/13/16)|
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