Look back at the Gophers' B1G Championship season and the rest of the team's 2016 outdoor campaign
The Gophers totaled 283 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
Lyndsey Thorpe and Cami Gilson and unattached Gophers Sophia Anderson and Rebecca Wesley won titles
Minnesota competed at the Sun Angel Classic and the Mesa Classic Friday evening
2016 Season - Indoor: Competed at seven meets with four appearances in the shot put and seven in the weight throw • recorded a career-best throw of 17.64m (57-10.50) in the weight throw to place third at the Minnesota Open and move into eighth in Minnesota history • won both the shot put and weight throw at the UST Invite, posting a season-best throw of 13.04m (42-09.50) in the shot put and recording a first-place mark of 17.16m (56-03.75) in weight throw • ended the season ranked 10th in program history in the weight throw (17.64m, 57-10.50).
2016 Season - Outdoor: Named Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed at seven meets with five appearances in the shot put and seven in the hammer throw • won the hammer throw with a career-best throw of 51.21m (168-00) at the Hamline Invitational • recorded a season-best throw of 12.88m (42-03.25) to place fourth in the shot put at the Tommie Twilight.
2015 Season - Indoor: Competed in the shot put and the weight throw and recorded career-best marks in both events • recorded a career-best throw of 13.24m (43-05.25) in the shot put to place sixth at the Minnesota Open • recorded a career-best throw of 15.85m (52-00.00) in the weight throw to place seventh at the St. Thomas Showcase.
2015 Season - Outdoor: Competed in the shot put, discus and hammer throw with career-best marks in all three events • placed third in the shot put with a career-best throw of 13.54m (44-05.25) at the Jaguar Challenge • recorded a career best of 43.61m (143-01) in the discus at the Triton Invitational • placed eighth in the hammer at the Eagle Open with a career-best mark of 49.10m (161-01).
2014 Season: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2013 graduate of Bemidji High School • high school track & field coach was Chris Lehman • two-time all-state honoree in track & field (2012, 2013) • track & field team placed fifth at the Minnesota Class AA State Meet as a senior • three-time state meet competitor in the shot put, placing 16th (34-6 1/4) as a freshman, 10th (38-6 1/4) as a junior and fifth (40-9 1/4) as a senior • two-time state meet competitor in the discus, placing seventh (136-9) as a junior and eighth (122-8) as a senior • two-time conference champion in shot put (2009, 2013) and discus (2012, 2013) • set Bemidji High School records in shot put (43-5) and discus (139-9) • four-year letterwinner in track & field, volleyball and hockey • earned all-section and all-conference honors in volleyball and hockey • two-time state-tournament participant in volleyball • team captain and MVP in volleyball and hockey • earned academic all-state honors in volleyball (three years), track & field (three years) and hockey (two years).
Personal: Born December 8, 1994 • daughter of Ernie and Shannon Heifort • has two siblings, Ernie and Gabe • brother Ernie plays football for the Gophers • father played football at Bemidji State from 1986-1990 • intends to major in medicine.
|Heifort's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Shot Put||43-05.25, 13.24m||Minnesota Open (1/17/15)|
|Weight Throw||57-10.50, 17.64m (AT-10th)||Minnesota Open (1/16/16)|
|Heifort's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Shot put||44-05.25, 13.54m||Jaguar Challenge (3/20/15)|
|Discus||143-01, 43.61m||Triton Invitational (4/25/15)|
|Hammer Throw||168-00, 51.21m||Hamline Invitational (5/3/16)|
Gophers Set for Summer Competitions
Several current Gophers and Minnesota alumni are set to compete at national and international meets this summer.
Gopher Trio Garners Academic All-America Honors
Track & field student-athletes Alex Beckman, Jess Lehman, and Luca Wieland have been honored for academics.
Season Recap: A Look Back at 2016
Look back at the Gophers' B1G title and the rest of the team's 2016 campaign.