Gophers Kaitlyn Long, Agnes Esser, and Nayoka Clunis recorded the top-three weight throw marks in program history
Minnesota will honor its senior class during the Parents Day Invite on Saturday
Minnesota won the 4x400m relay, high jump, and weight throw on day two of the Power Five Invite Saturday
Kaitlyn Long won the weight throw and Val Larson finished as overall runner-up in the 600m on day one in Iowa
Agnes Esser represented her native Canada in both the discus and the hammer at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan
05.13.17 Women's Track at Big Tens
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.
2017 Season - Indoor: Named Second Team All-Big Ten honoree • competed in the weight throw at six meets • finished as weight throw runner-up and moved into second among all-time Gophers with a career-best throw of 20.94m (68-08.50) at the Big Ten Championship • won weight throw at the Parents Day Invite (19.90m, 65-03.50) and Minnesota Open (18.60m, 61-00.25).
2017 Season - Outdoor: Named Academic All-Big Ten • competed in discus at seven meets and hammer throw at eight meets • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in both the discus and hammer throw, placing 13th in discus (53.11m, 174-03) and 14th in hammer (60.67m, 199-00) • finished third in discus (52.05m, 170-09) and fifth in hammer (59.30m, 194-07) at the Big Ten Championship • won hammer throw with a career-best mark of 61.66m (202-03) at the Longhorn Invite, moving into third among all-time Gophers • ended the season ranked fourth in Minnesota history in the hammer • won discus at two meets, recording a season-best throw of 57.02m (187-01) at the Kansas Relays Quadrangular and throwing 54.10m (177-06) at the Longhorn Invite • defended her discus title with a winning throw of 50.32m (165-01) and placed fifth in hammer (59.19m, 194-02) at the 2017 Canadian Track & Field Championships.
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 (2017 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Shot Put||15.21m, 49-11.00||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/24/15)|
|Weight Throw||20.94m, 68-08.50 (AT-2nd)||Big Ten Championship (2/25/17)|
|Esser's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Shot Put||14.35m, 47-01.00||Musco Twilight (5/2/15)|
|Discus||57.91m, 190-00 (AT-1st)||NCAA West Prelim (5/28/16)|
|Hammer Throw||61.66m, 202-03 (AT-4th)||Longhorn Invite (4/28/17)|
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Erin Huls
2/22/2018 - W. Track & Field
Get to know Gophers redshirt sophomore Erin Huls as the Gophers prepare for the Big Ten Championship.
Big Ten Honors Long with Weekly Award
2/21/2018 - W. Track & Field
Kaitlyn Long is this week's Big Ten Conference Field Athlete of the Week following her record-breaking performance at the Parents Day Invite.
No. 10 Gophers Set for B1G Championship
2/20/2018 - W. Track & Field
Minnesota enters the Big Ten Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship as the top-ranked B1G team in the nation.