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
The Big Ten champion Gophers will have six representatives at next week's NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship
Matt Bingle was named the 2018 Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year
Kaitlyn Long won the weight throw and the Gophers finished as runners-up in the 600m, mile, and pole vault
Photos from the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (By Walt Middleton)
2017-18 – Senior Season: Transferred to Minnesota after beginning her collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
2016-17 – Junior Season: Competed for the Panthers in pole vault at seven indoor meets • took third in pole vault at the Horizon League Indoor Championships, clearing a season-best mark of 3.77m (12-04.50) • did not compete during the outdoor season.
2015-16 – Sophomore Season: Had a breakout sophomore year at UW-Milwaukee, competing in pole vault at nine indoor meets and winning five titles • competed in triple jump at two indoor meets • Horizon League indoor pole vault champion with a PR of 3.80m (12-05.50) to rank third in UWM history • competed in pole vault at nine outdoor meets • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in pole vault, placing 33rd at 3.97m (13-00.25) • Horizon League outdoor pole vault champion • two-time Horizon League Field Athlete of the Week • ended the season with an outdoor PR of 4.06m (13-03.75) to set a new UWM outdoor program record.
2014-15 – Freshman Season: Began collegiate career at UW-Milwaukee • competed at seven indoor meets with seven appearances in pole vault, four in triple jump, one in the 55m dash, and one in the 200m • cleared a season-best height of 3.51m (11-06.25) to win pole vault at the Panther Tune-Up (Feb. 20) • took sixth in pole vault and 12th in triple jump at the Horizon League Indoor Championships • competed at five outdoor meets with three appearances each in pole vault, triple jump, and javelin and one appearance in long jump • cleared a season-best 3.37m (11-00.75) at the EIU Big Blue Classic (April 4) • placed third in pole vault at Horizon League Outdoor Championships.
High School: A 2014 graduate of River Falls High School where she competed for coaches Matt Kumershek, Colleen Sowa Kopel, Kristi Kropp Wagner, Lauren Kiminski, and Shelly Loomis • three-sport athlete in varsity gymnastics, diving, and track & field • five-time WIAA Division 1 State Track & Field Championship qualifier • took 13th in pole vault and 22nd in the 4x100m relay as a senior, placed 11th in triple jump as a junior, and finished ninth in long jump and 15th in triple jump as a sophomore • 2013 Big Rivers Conference champion in pole vault and triple jump • three-time track & field team MVP • holds River Falls High School records in pole vault, triple, jump and the 4x100m relay • had high school personal-best mark of 11-03 in pole vault • served as team captain in gymnastics, helping the Wildcats to four conference titles and a state title as a junior • earned rookie of the year honors and served as team captain in diving.
Personal: Born November 9, 1995 • daughter of Lori and Brian Place • has two siblings, Kaitlynn and Alex • intends to study ICP design studies and business marketing education • enjoys photography, graphic design, kayaking, food, and animals • high school honor student.
|Place's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|Pole Vault||3.80m (12-05.50)||Before Minnesota (2016)|
|Place's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|Pole Vault||4.06m (13-03.75)||Before Minnesota (2016)|
Gophers Begin Outdoor Ranked No. 11
3/20/2018 - W. Track & Field
Minnesota ranks 11th in the nation in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Team Computer Preseason Rankings.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Shay Nielsen
3/20/2018 - W. Track & Field
Get to know Gophers redshirt sophomore Shay Nielsen as Minnesota kicks off the outdoor season.
Gophers Enjoy Spring Break Training
3/19/2018 - W. Track & Field
Members of the Gopher women's track & field team spent spring break training in Houston, Texas.