Minnesota and Stanford each earned 23 USTFCCCA All-Academic individuals to lead NCAA Division I
Track & field student-athletes Alex Beckman, Jess Lehman, and Luca Wieland have been honored for academics
Look back at the Gophers' B1G Championship season and the rest of the team's 2016 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.
Photos from day one of the 2016 Big Ten Conference Women's Track & Field Championship. Photos by Becky Miller.
Gophers host Minnesota Open Meet
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in May 15-17, 2015. Photos by Walt Middleton.
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on February 27, 2015.
Women's Track and Field at Big Tens 05.17.15
2016 Season -- Indoor: Named team captain • competed at six meets, including three appearances in the pentathlon • scored a career-best 3,749 points to then rank third in Minnesota history and place fourth in the pentathlon at the Jack Johnson Classic • placed seventh in the Big Ten pentathlon with 3,667 points • pentathlon runner-up at the CSS Opener with 3,497 points • cleared a career-best 1.69m (5-06.50) in high jump at the Jack Johnson Classic • set season bests of 2:30.19 in the 800m, 5.16m (16-11.25) in long jump, and 12.39m (40-07.75) in shot put at the Jack Johnson Classic • ran a season-best 8.88 in the 60m hurdles during the Big Ten pentathlon.
2016 Season -- Outdoor: Named CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District, USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed at four meets, including two appearances in the heptathlon • tied for 14th in high jump with a season-best jump of 1.71m (5-07.25) and did not finish the heptathlon after fouling all three javelin attempts at the Big Ten Championship • set career bests in the 200m (24.51) and 100m hurdles (14.20) at the Rock Chalk Classic • scored a season-best 5,034 in the heptathlon at the California Invite, setting career bests in the 800m (2:24.13) and shot put (12.62m, 41-05.00) along with a season-best throw of 25.90m (84-11) in javelin.
2015 Season -- Indoor: Named team captain • set career-best marks in three of five pentathlon events • scored season-best 3,663 points in the pentathlon for sixth place at Big Tens • took eighth in the pentathlon (3,109) at the Jack Johnson Classic • posted career-bests in the 800m (2:28.97) and shot put (12.61m, 41-04.50) and tied her career best in high jump (1.68m) at Big Tens • recorded season-best of 8.82 in the 60m hurdles and 4.88m in the long jump at the Minnesota Open.
2015 Season -- Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed in the heptathlon at two meets, including recording a career-best 5,088 points to finish fourth at the Big Ten Championship • ended the season ranked fifth in program history in the heptathlon (5,088 points) • set career-best marks in the 200m (24.70), 800m (2:27.12), high jump (1.73m, 5-08.00), and shot put (12.25m, 40-02.25) along with heptathlon career-best (5,088 points) • had season-bests of 14.44 in the 100m hurdles, 5.03m (16-06.00) in long jump, and 31.43m (103-01) in javelin • placed sixth in the heptathlon (5,062 points) at the Virginia Challenge.
2014 Season - Indoor: Named team captain • set then-career best marks in all five pentathlon events • scored career-best 3,669 points in the pentathlon for the sixth-best score in Gopher history and placed fifth at the Bill Bergan Invite • finished eighth in the pentathlon at Big Tens with 3,641 points, setting career-bests in 800m (2:30.93) and shot put (41-02.50, 12.56m) • ran Gophers' all-time seventh-best 100m hurdle time (8.78) at Iowa State Classic • recorded career-bests in high jump (5-06.00, 1.68m) and long jump (17-03.25, 5.26m) at Bill Bergan Invite.
2014 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed at six meets • finished fifth in the heptathlon at Big Ten Championships with a career-best 5,057 points to rank fifth all-time in Gopher history • recorded career-best marks in the 200m (24.77), shot put (38-11.50, 11.87m) and javelin (105-9, 32.24m) at Big Tens • ran season-best 800m time of 2:29.95 at Big Tens • finished fifth in the 100m hurdles in a career-best 14.33 at Musco Twilight, moving into ninth all-time in Minnesota history • tied her career-best in high jump at Musco Twilight, tying for seventh with a leap of 5-05.00 (1.65m) • placed 13th in long jump with a career-best jump of 17-09.00 (5.41m) at UC San Diego.
2013 Season - Indoor: Tied for 11th in high jump at the Big Ten championships, clearing 5-6 to tie the best jump on the team during the indoor season • also finished 14th in the pentathlon (2,907 points) • set then-personal records in three events at Big Tens • best pentathlon score of 3,390 came at the Iowa State Classic • won the pentathlon shot put at the Jack Johnson Classic.
2013 Season - Outdoor: Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar • finished eighth in the heptathlon at the Big Ten Championships with the seventh-best point total in school history (4,916) • set PRs in five of seven events there • also competed in high jump at the Big Ten meet • finished third in the heptathlon at the Kansas Relays, highlighted by runner-up finishes in the 800m and shot put • second in the 100m hurdles at the Hamline Invite.
2012 Season: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Eastview High School • high school coach was JorJean Fischer • two-time all-conference champion in the triple jump (2009, 2010) • conference champion in the triple jump her senior year • two-time conference champion in the 100m (2009, 2010) • four-time all-conference honoree (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011) • four-time all-state honoree (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011) • holds high school record for the 100m, triple jump, 4x100m and 4x200m • all-conference forward in basketball • lettered in track & field, basketball and soccer.
Personal: Born on November 4, 1992 • completed undergraduate degree in nursing • completing graduate certificate in integrative therapies & healing practices • daughter of Jon and Wendy Beckman • twin sister Amanda is also a member of the Gophers' track & field team • has two other siblings, Danny and Molly • hobbies include lifeguarding and spending time with family.
|Beckman's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Pentathlon||3,749 (AT-5th)||Jack Johnson Classic (1/29/16)|
|800m||2:28.97||Big Tens (2/27/15)|
|60m Hurdles||8.78 (AT-10th)||Iowa State Classic (2/14-15/14)|
|High Jump||5-06.50, 1.69m||Jack Johnson Classic (1/29/16)|
|Long Jump||17-03.25, 5.26m||Bill Bergan (1/31-2/1/14)|
|Shot Put||41-04.50, 12.61m||Big Tens (2/27/15)|
|Beckman's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Heptathlon||5,088 (AT-6th)||Big Tens (5/15-16/15)|
|200m||24.51||Rock Chalk Classic (4/30/16)|
|800m||2:24.13||California Invite (4/14/16)|
|100m Hurdles||14.20 (AT-10th)||Rock Chalk Classic (4/30/16)|
|High Jump||5-08.00, 1.73m (AT-T10th)||Big Tens (5/15/15)|
|Long Jump||17-09.00, 5.41m||UC San Diego (4/26/14)|
|Shot Put||41-05.00, 12.62m||California Invite (4/13/16)|
|Javelin||105-9, 32.24m||Big Tens (5/17/14)|
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