Junior Emerald Egwim went from walk-on sprinter to Big Ten 400-meter champion for the Gophers
The USTFCCCA handed out the 2017 All-American awards following the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship
Madeline Strandemo placed ninth in the 3,000m steeplechase in her first NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship appearance Saturday
Madeline Strandemo earned her place in Saturday's 3,000m steeplechase NCAA final on Thursday night in Eugene, Ore.
Emma Spagnola punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships in the 100m hurdles as the sixth Gopher to advance through the NCAA West Prelim
Photos of the Gophers competing at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championship. Photos by Becky Miller.
05.14.17 Women's Track at Big Tens
Photos from day two at the 2016 Big Ten Track & Field Championship. Photos by Jeremy Buss and Becky Miller.
Minnesota wins Border Battle
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in May 15-17, 2015. Photos by Walt Middleton.
2017 Season - Indoor: Named Second Team All-American • finished 16th in the 400m (53.80) at the NCAA Championship • placed fifth in the 400m (53.07) and ran on fourth-place 4x400m relay team at Big Ten Championship, running 3:37.20 to rank fourth in program history • ran a program-record 52.73 in the 400m in prelims at the B1G Championship • ran a career-best 24.37 in the 200m to place fifth at the Music City Challenge and move into eighth in program history • won the 400m and 4x400m relay (3:44.23) at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual • won the 200m at the SDSU Holiday Open and Minnesota Open • won the 4x400m relay at the SDSU Holiday Open.
2017 Season - Outdoor: Named All-Big Ten First Team in the 400m and All-Big Ten Second Team in the 4x100m relay • NCAA Championship qualifier in the 400m dash, placing 20th in 53.95 • advanced to NCAA Championship with an automatic berth in the 400m after taking third in her heat and seventh overall in 52.24 at the NCAA West Prelim • Big Ten Conference 400m champion in 52.39 • ran second on B1G runner-up 4x100m relay in 45.30 seconds and ran second on fourth-place 4x400m relay in a season-best 3:39.53 at Big Ten Championship • ran a career-best 51.99 in the 400m prelims at the Big Ten Championship to improve on her own Minnesota program record • competed at seven meets with appearances in the 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay • ran a career-best 23.74 to win the 200m at the Kansas Relays Quadrangular and move into third in program history • broke her own Gophers' program record in the 400m twice, running 52.75 at the Sun Angel Classic and 51.99 at the Big Ten Championship • ran second on the winning 4x100m relay at the Kansas Relays Quadrangular, clocking a season-best time of 44.80 to rank third in program history.
2016 Season - Indoor: Ran 12 races with appearances in the 60m, 200m, 400m, and 4x400m relay • broke the Minnesota indoor program record in the 400m in prelims at the Big Ten Championship (54.11) and again in the final (53.41) where she placed sixth • broke the Minnesota indoor program record in the 4x400m relay at Big Tens, placing fourth in 3:35.33 • ran career-best times in both the 60m dash (7.63) and 200m dash (24.78) to win both events at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual • won the 200m (25.05) at the Minnesota Open • part of first-place 4x400m relay at the Jack Johnson Classic and Minnesota Open.
2016 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran 10 races • ran third leg of the program record-breaking 4x400m relay team (3:32.50) that finished fourth to clinch a share of the Big Ten team title and ran a season-best 54.33 to place ninth in the 400m at the Big Ten Championship • NCAA West Prelim qualifier with the 4x400m relay, anchoring the 16th place relay team (3:37.01) • ran a career-best 24.37 as runner-up in the 200m at the UCLA Legends Invitational • had two appearances in the 4x100m relay, including placing third in a season-best 45.61 at the UCLA Legends Invitational to rank 10th in program history.
2015 Season - Indoor: Ran in seven races • finished the season ranked eighth in Minnesota history in the 400m with a time of 55.20 in her first-ever collegiate open 400m, placing seventh at the Husker Invitational • placed 13th in the 400m (55.64) at the Big Ten Championship • ran the third leg of the Gophers' second-fastest 4x400m relay in program history in 3:37.03 for fourth place at the Big Ten Championship • placed third in both the 60m (7.78) and 200m (25.22) at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual.
2015 Season - Outdoor: Named Second Team All-American, Second Team All-Big Ten, and USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree • ran 20 races, including appearances in the 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay • ended the season ranked fourth in Minnesota history in the 400m (53.70) • ran a career-best 53.70 in the 400m in the first round at the NCAA West Prelim • placed 13th in the 4x400m relay (3:35.90) at the NCAA Championship • advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 4x400m relay after finishing fifth at the NCAA West Prelims in a Minnesota program record of 3:32.68 • placed second in the 4x400m relay (3:33.76) and fourth in the 4x100m relay (45.17) at Big Ten Championships where she was also ninth in the 400m (54.57) • won the 4x400m relay at Musco Twilight, Triton Invitational, and Baylor Invitational • led off the fifth-fastest (45.17) and eighth-fastest (45.47) 4x100m relay teams in program history • won the 4x100m relay at the Jaguar Challenge and Musco Twilight and finished second at both the Triton Invitational and John McDonnell Invite.
High School: A 2014 graduate of Eagan High School • two-time all-state honoree • nine-time Minnesota State Class AA state meet participant in the 100m (2011, 2012, 2013), 200m (2011, 2012, 2013), 4x200m (2014) and 4x400m (2013, 2014) • 14-time South Suburban Conference champion from 2009 to 2014 • holds school records in the 200m and 4x400m relay • placed 10th in the 100m at the state meet as a freshman, sophomore and junior • earned a career-best fourth-place finish in the 200m at the state meet as a junior • Triple "A" award winner for academics, athletics and arts • academic all-state honoree • National Honor Society member.
Personal: Finished second at 2013 National Speech and Debate Association tournament • X-Factor participant • plays the alto saxophone • majoring in management information systems.
|Egwim's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|60m||7.63||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/23/16)|
|200m||24.37 (AT-8th)||Music City Challenge (2/10/17)|
|400m||52.73 (AT-1st)||Big Tens (2/24/17)|
|Egwim's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|200m||23.74 (AT-3rd)||Kansas Relays Quadrangular (4/22/17)|
|400m||51.99 (AT-1st)||Big Tens (5/13/17)|
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Walking on to Greatness: Emerald Egwim
Junior Emerald Egwim went from walk-on sprinter to Big Ten 400-meter champion for the Gopher women's track & field team.