Temi Ogunrinde won the hammer throw and Cami Gilson finished third in the pole vault to lead the Gophers on day one
Minnesota's 4x1600m relay team placed sixth and Emily Betz took eighth in the 10,000m Thursday night
The Gophers competed locally at the Hamline Women's Twilight meet on Wednesday evening
Madeline Strandemo won the 3,000m steeplechase in a meet record time to lead the Gophers on day one at the Raleigh Relays
As part of its three-meet weekend, a number of Gophers are competing at the Iowa State Classic Friday and Saturday
Photos of track & field student-athlete Emily Betz.
2017 Season - Indoor: Ran seven races with appearances in the mile, 3,000m, 5,000m, and 4x400m relay • ran career-best times in the 3,000m (10:00.47) and 5,000m (17:22.28).
2017 Season - Outdoor: Ran five races, including three appearances in the 10,000m • made Big Ten debut, placing 21st in the 10,000m in a career-best 35:50.82 • ran a career-best 17:34.77 in the 5,000m to place third at the Hamline Twilight • ran a season-best 4:49.67 in the 1,500m at the Holst Invitational.
2016 Season - Indoor: Ran five races while competing unattached.
2016 Season - Outdoor: Ran four races while competing unattached.
High School: A 2015 graduate of East Ridge High School where she ran for coaches Chad Cronin and Lloyd Ness • a 12-time athletic letterwinner for the Raptors, including five letters in cross country, four in track & field and three in Nordic skiing • led East Ridge to five-straight top-eight team finishes at the Minnesota Class AA State Cross Country Championship, including a runner-up team showing as a junior • earned two top-10 individual showings at the state cross country meet, placing fifth in 14:30 as a junior and finishing ninth in 14:19 as a senior • two-time section champion in cross country • three-time all-state honoree in cross country • team placed 19th at 2013 Nike Cross Nationals after earning a national berth with a runner-up showing at the Nike Cross Heartland Regional • placed 15th individually at the Nike Cross Heartland Regional in 2013 • individually placed 10th and finished fifth as a team at the 2014 Nike Cross Heartland Regional • four-time All-Suburban East Conference honoree in both cross country and track & field • earned all-state honors on the track in 2012 and 2015 • four-time Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championship participant, including placing ninth in the 3,200m and 15th in the 4x800m relay as a senior • 4x800m relay finished fifth as a freshman • Suburban East Conference champion in the 3,200m and took 12th in the 3,200m (10:59) at the state meet as a sophomore • owns high school personal best times of 2:21 in the 800m, 5:18 in the 1,600m, 10:59 in the 3,200m on the track • holds East Ridge High School cross country record in the 5k at 18:02 • academic all-state honoree.
Personal: Born February 28, 1997 • daughter of Carolyn and Denny Betz • has two siblings, Anna and Peter • Elementary Education major • high school teammates with current Gopher teammates Bailey Ness and Olivia Hummel • enjoys reading, Nordic skiing, spending time with friends and traveling • honor roll student at East Ridge High School • National Honor Society member.
|Betz's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|Mile||5:08.11 (UA)||St. Thomas Showcase (2/12/16)|
|3,000m||10:00.47||ISU Classic (2/10/17)|
|5,000m||17:22.28||Meyo Invite (2/3/17)|
|Betz's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|1,500m||4:47.14 (UA)||Tommie Twilight (5/4/16)|
|3,000m||10:13.89 (UA)||Janis Rider Invitational (4/30/16)|
|5,000m||17:34.77||Hamline Twilight (4/12/17)|
|10,000m||35:50.82||Big Tens (5/12/17)|
Groundbreaking for T&F Stadium Set for Friday
The University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics will break ground on the new outdoor track & field facility on Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. CT.
Freshman Friday: Molly Roach
Get to know Gophers rookie Molly Roach, a mid-distance runner from Bloomington, Minn.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Elyse Prescott
Sophomore Elyse Prescott checks in before the Gophers travel to the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this week.