Madeline Strandemo, Temi Ogunrinde, Titania Markland, and Emma Spagnola will captain the Gophers this season
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
05.12.17 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.
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on February 27, 2015.
2017 Season -- Indoor: Named Second Team All-American after finishing 11th in the 60m hurdles (8.16) at the NCAA Championship • competed at eight meets • ran a career-best 8.13 in the 60m hurdles prelims at the Big Ten Championship to set the Minnesota program record, tied with teammate Kimberly Golding • placed third (8.19) in the 60m hurdles at Big Tens • ran career-best 56.82 as 400m runner-up at Jack Johnson Classic • ran season-best 24.58 in the 200m at Music City Challenge • finished as 60m hurdles runner-up (8.25) and long jump runner-up with a season-best jump of 5.71m (18-09.00) along with taking fourth in triple jump with a career-best jump of 11.45m (37-06.75) at Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual.
2017 Season -- Outdoor: Named Second Team All-American in 100m hurdles and All-Big Ten Second Team in the 4x100m relay • named USTFCCCA All-Academic and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • NCAA Championship qualifier in the 100m hurdles, placing 16th in 13.31 to earn Second Team All-America honors • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in both 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles, placing 12th in the 100m hurdles (13.20) and 24th in the 400m hurdles (1:00.19) • competed in 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, and 4x100m relay at the Big Ten Conference Championship • ran a career-best 13.02 to place third in the 100m hurdles at Big Tens and improve on her second-ranked time in program history • ran a career-best 57.88 to place fourth in the 400m hurdles at Big Tens and move into second in program history • ran third on B1G runner-up 4x100m relay in 45.30 seconds • ran third on the winning 4x100m relay at the Kansas Relays Quadrangular, clocking a season-best time of 44.80 to rank third in program history • competed at seven meets with appearances in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, and 4x100m relay.
2016 Season -- Indoor: Competed at six meets, including appearances in the 60m, 200m, 60m hurdles, 4x400m relay, and long jump • finished sixth in the 60m hurdles at the Big Ten Championship in a career-best 8.33 seconds to rank second in Minnesota history • placed 11th in long jump with a season-best jump of 5.78m (18-11.75) at Big Tens • finished seventh in the 200m at the ISU Classic in a career-best 24.48 to move into ninth in Minnesota history • placed third in the 60m in a career-best 7.69 seconds at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual • ran second on the first-place 4x400m relay team at the Minnesota Open (3:53.74).
2016 Season -- Outdoor: Named Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran 19 races • placed fourth in the 100m hurdles (13.43) and ninth in the 400m hurdles (career-best 58.88) at the Big Ten Championship • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles, placing 24th in the 100m hurdles (13.51) and 29th in the 400m hurdles (59.73) • ran on the 4x400m relay at two meets, including placing 16th in 3:37.01 at the NCAA West Prelim to rank fourth in program history • ran on the 4x100m relay at four meets, including placing third in a season-best 45.61 at the UCLA Legends Invitational to rank 10th in program history • ran a career-best 13.20 in the 100m hurdles to place third at the Rock Chalk Classic • ended the season ranked second in the 100m hurdles (13.20) and sixth in the 400m hurdles (58.88) among all-time Gophers.
2015 Season -- Indoor: Raced the 60m hurdles at six meets, ran on the 4x400m relay at three meets and competed in the long jump at five meets • broke the Minnesota program record in the 60m hurdles three times and ended the indoor season ranked second in Minnesota history in the 60m hurdles at 8.41 seconds, set in prelims of the Big Ten Championship • won the 60m hurdles at the Minnesota Open and placed second at three meets • finished ninth in the B1G 60m hurdle final • ran on the fourth-place 4x400m relay at the Iowa State Classic (3:43.03) to rank ninth in Minnesota history • placed 10th in the long jump at Big Tens with a season-best jump of 5.79m (19-00.00).
2015 Season -- Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree • competed in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, and long jump • raced the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles at seven meets • placed fifth in the 400m hurdles (1:00.45) and 13th in the 100m hurdles (13.73) at the Big Ten Championships • qualified for the NCAA West Prelim in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles • set the Minnesota program record in the 100m hurdles at the NCAA West Prelim (13.58) and placed 28th • finished 44th in the 400m hurdles at the NCAA West Prelim (1:02.35) • ran a collegiate-best 59.91 in prelims of the 400m hurdles at the Big Ten Championship to rank seventh in program history • won the 100m hurdles at the Tommie Twilight • won the 400m hurdles at the Jaguar Challenge • ran on the 4x100m relay at three meets, including the fourth-place Big Ten Championships 4x100m relay with Emerald Egwim, Jessica Waldvogel and Erin Hawkins to rank fifth in program history at 45.17 seconds • ran the 4x400m relay at two meets • placed third in the long jump at the John McDonnell Invitational (5.81m, 19-00.75) in lone long jump appearance of the outdoor season • named an alternate for the 4x400m relay at the NCAA Championships • finished sixth in the 100m hurdles (13.79) at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.
High School: A 2014 graduate of West Aurora High School • ran for coach Teresa Towles at West Aurora • earned 12 top-10 finishes at the Illinois Class 3A state meet in track & field • 16-time Dupage Valley Conference champion • named 2014 ICCCA Female Player of the Year, 2014 Female Athlete of the Year for Illinois, 2014 West Aurora HS Female Athlete of the Year and 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year nominee • 2014 Illinois Class 3A state champion in 100m hurdles (14.10) and 300m hurdles (42.45) as a senior • took third in the long jump and the 4x400m relay at the state meet as a senior as well • 2013 Illinois Class 3A long jump state champion (18-2.25) and state runner-up in the 100m hurdles (14.16) and the 300m hurdles (42.98) as a junior • finished as state runner-up in the 100m hurdles (14.20) as a sophomore and placed third in the long jump (18-2.25) at the state meet as a freshman • holds West Aurora HS records in the 300m hurdles (42.45), 100m hurdles (13.90), long jump (19-1.25), high jump (5-5) and 4x400m relay (3:50.06) • owns a personal best of 19-2.25 in long jump (indoor) • four-time USATF Junior Olympic All-American honoree after finishing fourth in the 100m hurdles (13.84) and fifth in the 400m hurdles (59.69) in 2013 and finishing second in the 100m hurdles (13.93) and 400m hurdles (59.48) in 2014 at the USATF JO National Championships • two-time New Balance All-American honoree in 2014, finishing fifth in the long jump at the 2014 New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship and third in the 400m hurdles at the 2014 New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championship • also played freshman volleyball and travel softball • National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member • high honor roll member who graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with a 4.0+ grade point average.
Personal: Born March 18, 1996 • daughter of Gia and Wally Spagnola • has two younger siblings, Nick and Tori • Kinesiology major • enjoys tumbling, drawing, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and snowboarding.
|Spagnola's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|60m||7.69||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/23/16)|
|200m||24.48 (AT-10th)||Iowa State Classic (2/12/16)|
|400m||56.82||Jack Johnson Classic (1/28/17)|
|60m Hurdles||8.13 (AT-T1st)||Big Ten Championship (2/24/17)|
|Long Jump||5.79m, 19-00.00||Big Ten Championship (2/27/15)|
|Triple Jump||11.45m, 37-06.75||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/21/17)|
|Spagnola's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|100m hurdles||13.02 (AT-2nd)||Big Ten Championship (5/14/17)|
|400m hurdles||57.88 (AT-2nd)||Big Ten Championship (5/14/17)|
|Long Jump||5.81m, 19-00.75||John McDonnell Invitational (4/10/15)|
Gophers Open Larry Wieczorek Invite
1/19/2018 - W. Track & Field
Kaitlyn Long won the weight throw and Val Larson finished as overall runner-up in the 600m on day one in Iowa.
Long Earns B1G Weekly Honors
1/17/2018 - W. Track & Field
After breaking Minnesota's program record in the weight throw last weekend, Kaitlyn Long is this week's Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week.
No. 13 Gophers to Face Top-25 Foes at Iowa
1/16/2018 - W. Track & Field
No. 13 Minnesota is set to face four other nationally ranked teams at the Larry Wieczorek Invite hosted by Iowa this Friday and Saturday.