Take a look back at Minnesota's 2015 track & field season
Ten women's track & field and cross country representatives are among Minnesota's 72 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipients
Nine Golden Gophers maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.
Jess Herauf and Nicolle Murphy earned First Team All-American honors, and the 4x400m relay team picked up Second Team honors
Jess Herauf and the Gophers began competition at the 2015 NCAA Championships on Wednesday
2015 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships
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, 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: 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 • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.
2013 Season: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons • Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
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 • majoring in elementary education • daughter of Carol and TJ Herauf • has one older brother, Ben, and two younger brothers, Luke and Mike • enjoys the lake, camping, wakeboarding, sand volleyball, snowboarding and anything outdoors.