No. 10 Minnesota took home 13 events titles at the local Tommie Twilight on Wednesday evening
Minnesota will once again split the team at multiple competitions this week in the team's final tune-up before the Big Ten Championship
Kaitlyn Long and Kiley Sabin led Minnesota as First Team All-Americans at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship
Kaitlyn Long became the second national champion in Minnesota women's track & field history on Saturday
Kaitlyn Long enters this week's NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship hoping to add a DI title to her two DII championships
Photos from the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (By Walt Middleton)
2018 Season – Indoor: NCAA national champion in weight throw • Big Ten champion in weight throw • named First Team All-American and All-Big Ten First Team • named Midwest Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Women's Field Athlete of the Year • two-time Big Ten Conference Field Athlete of the Week after winning weight throw at The Dual (Jan. 17) and Parents Day Invite (Feb. 21) • competed in weight throw at eight meets, winning six titles and posting one runner-up finish with one third-place showing • recorded a mark of 23.30m (76-05.50) to win weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championship • threw a career-best 24.37m (79-11.50) and set Big Ten all-time and Big Ten Championship records in the weight throw to win the B1G weight throw title • set three career-bests in the weight throw, improving on Minnesota’s program record three times • set weight throw facility records at the SPIRE Institute, Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium, University of Iowa Recreation Building, Minnesota Fieldhouse • ended the season as Minnesota's program record holder in weight throw at 24.37m (79-11.50).
2018 Season – Outdoor: Competed unattached at two meets, winning hammer throw at both the Janis Rider Invite and Tommie Twilight.
2016-17 Season: Finished as NCAA Division II runner-up in weight throw (21.22m, 69-07.50) and placed 15th in shot put (13.51m, 44-04) at the NCAA Indoor Championship • won NSIC title in weight throw (22.38m, 73-05.25) and placed fourth in shot put (13.93m, 45-08.50) at NSIC Indoor Championship • won five weight throw titles in six competitions during the indoor season • placed fourth in both shot put (13.55m, 44-05.50) and hammer throw (51.11m, 167-08) at the NSIC Outdoor Championship.
2015-16 Season: Named USTFCCCA Indoor All-American, NSIC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, two-time USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, Preseason NSIC Outdoor Athlete of the Year, USTFCCCA All-Region in weight and hammer, and NSIC all-conference in indoor shot put and weight throw and outdoor shot put and hammer • won 2016 NCAA Division II Indoor national title in weight throw and placed 14th in shot put at the national meet • recorded a career-best mark of 22.70m (74-05) in weight throw to win NCAA indoor title • won NSIC indoor titles in both shot put and weight throw • recorded a career-best indoor shot put mark of 14.65m (48-00.75) at the Wisconsin Open • placed 24th in shot put and competed in hammer at the NCAA Outdoor Championships • finished as NSIC runner-up outdoors in hammer throw with a career-best throw of 58.74m (192-08), along with taking third in shot put at the NSIC Outdoor Championship.
2014-15 Season: Began collegiate career at Winona State • 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor national champion in weight throw • 2015 USTFCCCA All-American in weight throw • two-time 2015 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champion, winning weight throw title indoors and hammer throw title outdoors • recorded a winning mark of 20.95m (68-09) in weight throw at the NCAA Championship, breaking the Winona State program record, setting the second-best NCAA Division II Indoor Championship mark, and setting the sixth best mark in NCAA Division II Indoor history • won NSIC weight throw title with a mark of 19.86m (65-02) to break the NSIC Indoor Championship record • posted an indoor season-best mark of 12.43m (40-09.50) in shot put • placed 17th in the hammer at the NCAA Championship with a mark of 52.37m (171-10) • recorded a winning mark of 57.89m (189-11) in hammer at the NSIC Outdoor Championship, setting the second-best mark in Winona State history • placed 12th in the shot put (12.64m, 41-05.75) at the NSIC Outdoor Championships • posted an outdoor season-best mark of 12.76m (41-10.50) in shot put.
High School: A 2014 graduate of Monona Grove High School • 11-time letterwinner, earning four letters in track & field, four letters in basketball, and three letters in volleyball • three-time WIAA Division 2 State Track & Field Championship qualifier in shot put, placing 10th as a sophomore, ninth as a junior, and third as a senior.
Personal: Born April 25, 1996 • daughter of Larry Long and Judy Long • has one sibling, Zachary • psychology major.
|Long's Indoor Career Bests (2018 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Shot Put||14.65m, 48-00.75||Before Minnesota (2016)|
|Weight Throw||24.37m, 79-11.50 (1st)||Big Ten Championship (2/24/18)|
|Long's Outdoor Career Bests (2018 Final)|
|Shot Put||14.25m, 46-09.00||Before Minnesota (2016)|
|Hammer Throw||58.74m, 192-08||Before Minnesota (2016)|
Strandemo, Spagnola Set for USA Championship
6/19/2018 - W. Track & Field
Madeline Strandemo and Emma Spagnola are set to compete at the USA Track & Field Senior Outdoor Championships this week.
Ramacher Named B1G Freshman of the Year
6/13/2018 - W. Track & Field
Gophers redshirt freshman Ashley Ramacher has been named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year.
Gophers Take 12th in Program of the Year Race
6/12/2018 - W. Track & Field
Minnesota was one of 15 NCAA Division I women's programs honored by the USTFCCCA in this year's Program of the Year standings.