Several current Gophers and Minnesota alumni are set to compete at national and international meets this summer
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
Jess Lehman, Agnes Esser, and Shanique Wright earned All-American honors on Saturday at the NCAA Championship
Jess Lehman is in 11th place through four events in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championship
2015 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships
2016 Season - Indoor: Named All-Big Ten First Team honoree • named team captain • competed at four meets with two appearances in the pentathlon • won the final three events of the Big Ten pentathlon to win her second B1G pentathlon title with a Big Ten and Minnesota record 4,393 points • ran a season-best 8.75 in the B1G pentathlon 60m hurdles • won the B1G pentathlon shot put with a career-best throw of 13.98m (45-10.50) • won the B1G pentathlon 800m in a career-best 2:10.33 • placed sixth in long jump (5.92m, 19-05.25) at Big Tens • ran a career-best 1:32.63 in the 600m as runner-up at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual • named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after winning all five pentathlon events at the CSS Opener en route to the pentathlon title with 4,242 points • recorded a career-best 6.06m (19-10.75) in long jump in the CSS Opener pentathlon to move into fifth in Minnesota history • cleared a season-best 1.73m (5-08.00) in high jump in the CSS Opener pentathlon.
2016 Season - Outdoor: Named First Team All-American, All-Big Ten First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • NCAA Championship qualifier in the heptathlon • placed seventh in the heptathlon (5,835 points) at the NCAA Championship, including a career-best time of 14.22 in the 100m hurdles, a third-place showing in the shot put with a season-best throw of 13.42m (44-00.50), and fourth-place finish in the javelin (44.61m, 146-04) • finished as B1G heptathlon champion with 5,763 points while also placing seventh in javelin (46.56m, 152-09) and 14th in long jump (5.70m, 18-08.50) at the Big Ten Championship • won long jump (5.85m, 19-02.50), shot put (13.17m, 43-02.50), and javelin (43.15m, 141-07) and tied for first in high jump (1.74m, 5-08.50) during B1G heptathlon • scored a season-best 5,917 points to place sixth in the heptathlon at Mt. SAC Relays, winning the 800m (2:12.17) and javelin (46.54m, 152-08) during Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon.
2015 Season - Indoor: Named First Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten honoree • named team captain • placed fifth in the pentathlon at the NCAA Championship • became Minnesota's first Big Ten pentathlon champion since 2008 • broke the Minnesota program record in the pentathlon with 4,372 points at the NCAA Championship • broke the pentathlon program record three times throughout the season, scoring 4,289 points at the Jack Johnson Classic, 4,361 at the Big Ten Championship and 4,372 at the NCAA Championship • set career-best marks in all seven events in which she competed • finished the indoor season as the Gophers' record-holder in the pentathlon (4,372 points) and also ranked among the Gophers' top-10 all-time performers in the 60m hurdles (fourth at 8.67), high jump (tied for fifth at 1.74m) and long jump (tied for fifth at 6.02m) • won the 600m in a career-best 1:33.83 at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual and finished the season as the third-fastest Gopher 600m runner • third-fastest 60m hurdler on the team with a career-best 8.67 during the Big Ten pentathlon • recorded team's best long jump of the season with a career-best 6.02m during the Big Ten pentathlon • recorded career bests in the 800m (2:13.90), shot put (13.74m) and high jump (1.74m) during the NCAA pentathlon.
2015 Season - Outdoor: Named First Team All-American, First Team All-Big Ten, Capital One Academic All-District, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • placed fifth in the heptathlon at NCAA Championship with 5,965 points • won Big Ten heptathlon title with a Minnesota school record and Big Ten Championship record 6,014 points • placed fourth in the javelin at Big Tens (47.19m, 154-10.25) to combine for 15 points at the B1G meet • set career-best marks in six of seven heptathlon events • set career-best marks in the 100m hurdles (14.30) and long jump (6.06m, 19-10.75), placed second in the javelin with a season-best throw of 47.82m (156-11), and took third in the 800m (2:14.88) in the NCAA heptathlon • won the final three events of the B1G heptathlon and had career-best marks in the 800m (2:11.44), 100m hurdles (14.41), high jump (1.76m, 5-09.25), and long jump (6.00m, 19-08.25) at Big Tens • won the heptathlon at the Virginia Challenge with a then-school record 5,912 points in her season-debut in the heptathlon • set career-bests in the 200m (24.97) and shot put (13.99m, 45-10.75) at Virginia • ended the season ranked tied for third in high jump (1.76m (5-09.25), fifth in long jump (6.06m, 19-10.75), and 10th in the 100m hurdles (14.30) among all-time Gophers • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
2014 Season - Indoor: Named team captain • named Second Team All-American and All-Big Ten Second Team honoree • set career-best marks in all five pentathlon events • finished the indoor season ranked second in pentathlon (4,172), eighth in long jump (19-04.25, 5.90m), 10th in 60m hurdles (8.81) and tied for 10th in high jump (5-07, 1.70m) among the Gopher all-time indoor ranks • finished ninth in the pentathlon with a career-best 4,172 points at the NCAA championships with personal-best marks in the 60-meter hurdles (8.81), high jump (5-07, 1.70m) and long jump (19-4.25, 5.90m) • finished as Big Ten pentathlon runner-up with 4,054 points and set career-best mark in the shot put (43-09.25, 13.34m) • ran career-best 2:14.18 in the 800m at the Bill Bergan Invite and finished third in the pentathlon (4,008).
2014 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed in the heptathlon at two meets and appeared at four meets total • named All-Big Ten Second Team honoree • scored season-best 5,490 points as Big Ten heptathlon runner-up to rank second in Gopher history • recorded four season-best marks at Big Tens, winning the heptathlon shot put (43-02.50, 13.17m) and javelin (152-8, 46.54m), taking fourth in long jump at 18-05 (5.61m) and finishing fifth in high jump at 5-04.50 (1.64m) • placed second in the Big Ten 800m heptathlon (2:20.18), eighth in the 200m (26.01) and ninth in the 100m hurdles (15.12) • finished seventh in the javelin at Big Tens as well, improving on her mark during the heptathlon javelin with a new career-best throw of 159-07 (48.65m) to rank 10th all-time in Gopher history • placed fifth in the heptathlon (5,444) at Spec Towns Invite and ran a season-best 2:14.78 in 800m • ran season-best times in the 100m hurdles (14.58) and 200m (25.93) at USF Collegiate.
2013 Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten honoree • redshirted the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
2012 Season - Indoor: Scored the eighth-best pentathlon point total in school history (3,516) at the Big Ten Championships to place 10th • marked season-bests of 9.27 in the 60m hurdles, 5-0 1/4 (1.53m) in the high jump, 36-11 3/4 (11.27m) in the shot put, 17-5 1/4 (5.31m) in the long jump and 2:20.70 in the 800m • placed tenth at the Iowa State Classic pentathlon with 3,488 points, temporarily becoming the ninth-best pentathlete in school history • runner-up in the pentathlon at the Jack Johnson Classic (3,388).
2012 Season - Outdoor: Finished seventh in javelin at the Big Ten Championships with a season-best throw of 144-8 (44.18m) • won the javelin at the Hamline Invite • also competed in the 200m, 100m hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot put during the season.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Dickinson High School • high school coach were Jay Schobinger, Dave Michaelson, Scott Hoffman and Dennis Morris • was named the 2011 Senior Athlete of the Year • lettered four years in basketball and volleyball, with six letters in varsity track and field • career best throw in the javelin was a 140-6 • 127-6 in the discus • 17-11 mark in the long jump • 44.23 in the 300m high hurdles • 59.7 in the 400m • named the 2010 and 2011 Herb Herauf Female Athlete of the Year • served as team captain her junior and senior year.
Personal: Born January 17, 1993 • completed undergraduate degree in elementary education • completing special education masters of education • daughter of Carol and TJ Herauf • has one older brother, Ben, and two younger brothers, Luke and Mike • maiden name is Jess Herauf • married to former Gopher men's track & field thrower Jon Lehman, who competed for the Gophers from 2009-10 to 2012-13 • enjoys the lake, camping, wakeboarding, sand volleyball, snowboarding and anything outdoors.
|Lehman's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|600m||1:32.63||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/23/16)|
|Pentathlon||4,372 (AT-1st)||Big Tens (2/26/16)|
|800m||2:10.33||Big Tens (2/26/16)|
|60m Hurdles||8.67 (AT-4th)||Big Tens (2/27/15)|
|High Jump||5-8.50, 1.74m (AT-T7th)||NCAA Championships (3/14/15)|
|Long Jump||19-10.75, 6.06m (AT-5th)||CSS Opener (12/4/15)|
|Shot Put||45-10.50, 13.98m||Big Tens (2/26/16)|
|Lehman's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Heptathlon||6,014 (AT-1st)||Big Tens (5/15-16/15)|
|200m||24.79||Virginia Challenge (4/17/15)|
|800m||2:11.44||Big Tens (5/16/15)|
|100m Hurdles||14.22||NCAA Championships (6/10/16)|
|High Jump||5-09.25, 1.76m (AT-T4th)||Big Tens (5/16/15)|
|Long Jump||19-10.75, 6.06m (AT-5th)||NCAA Championships (6/11/15)|
|Shot Put||45-10.75, 13.99m||Virginia Challenge (4/17/15)|
|Javelin||159-07, 48.65m (AT-10th)||Big Tens (5/18/14)|
Incoming Gophers Cap Prep Careers
Members of the Gophers' incoming class wrapped up their high school careers with impressive performances this spring.
Gophers Set for Summer Competitions
Several current Gophers and Minnesota alumni are set to compete at national and international meets this summer.
Gopher Trio Garners Academic All-America Honors
Track & field student-athletes Alex Beckman, Jess Lehman, and Luca Wieland have been honored for academics.