Minnesota's eight NCAA qualifiers matches the most in program history
Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship
Minnesota is sending 20 representatives to this week's NCAA West Prelim in Lawrence, Kan.
Twenty Gophers have qualified for the NCAA West Prelim in Lawrence, Kan., next week
Minnesota and Michigan tied for the Big Ten Conference title this weekend
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).
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: 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 • USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree.
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 • intends to major in physical therapy • enjoys tumbling, drawing, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and snowboarding.
|Spagnola's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|60m||7.69||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/23/16)|
|200m||24.48 (AT-9th)||ISU Classic (2/12/16)|
|60m Hurdles||8.33 (AT-2nd)||Big Ten Championships (2/27/16)|
|Long Jump||19-00, 5.79m||Big Ten Championships (2/27/15)|
|Spagnola's Outdoor Career Bests (2015 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|100m hurdles||13.58 (AT-1st)||NCAA West Prelim (5/29/15)|
|400m hurdles||59.91 (AT-7th)||Big Ten Championships (5/16/15)|
|Long Jump||5.81m, 19-00.75||John McDonnell Invitational (4/10/15)|
Eight Gophers Advance to NCAA Championship
Minnesota's eight NCAA Championship qualifiers matches the most in program history.
Seniors Lead Gophers' NCAA Qualifiers
Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship.
Day One NCAA West Prelim Action Postponed
Due to inclement weather, Thursday's competition at the NCAA West Prelim is postponed until Friday.