The Gophers opened the season by hosting the Minnesota Open on Saturday
Learn about the women's track & field event groups and what to watch for in the upcoming season
Members of the Minnesota women's track & field team got an early start to the season at the SDSU Holiday Open
Minnesota competed at the Sun Angel Classic and the Mesa Classic Friday evening
Bolade Jinadu, Paige Peschel, Kiley Sabin, and Lyndsey Thorpe won their respective events at the Parents Day Invite Saturday
2016 Season - Indoor: Ran seven races with appearances in the 200m, 400m, 600m, and 4x400m relay • won the 400m in a career-best 1:00.88 at the UST Invite • won the 600m in a career-best 1:38.99 at the St. Thomas Showcase • anchored the first-place 4x400m relay (3:58.02) at the Parents Day Invite • ran a career-best 27.19 in the 200m at the Minnesota Open.
2016 Season - Outdoor: Ran the 400m hurdles at five meets • ran a career-best 1:03.35 to place sixth in the 400m hurdles at the Rock Chalk Classic.
2015 Season: Competed unattached during both the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2014 graduate of Lakeville North High School • 2013 Minnesota Class AA state participant in 100m hurdles (seventh place) and triple jump (17th place) • 2013 all-state honoree • three-time All-South Suburban Conference honoree • three-time academic all-state honoree • competed in Nordic skiing and soccer for Lakeville North HS • finished high school with 4.31 GPA and ranked sixth in her class • National Honors Society member.
Personal: Born July 7, 1996 • daughter of Dave and Kari Smits • has three siblings, Joey, Alyssa and Lauren • mother, Kari, competed in cross country and track & field at UW-Eau Claire • majoring in neuroscience.
|Smits's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|200m||27.19||Minnesota Open (1/16/16)|
|400m||1:00.88||St. Thomas Invite (1/22/16)|
|600m||1:38.99||St. Thomas Showcase (2/12/16)|
|Smits's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|400m Hurdles||1:03.35||Rock Chalk Classic (4/30/16)|
Gophers Dominate at St. Thomas Invite
Minnesota won all 12 events in which the team competed at the local meet Friday evening.
USATF Minnesota Honors Three Gophers
Three individuals with Gopher ties are among USATF Minnesota's 2016 award recipients.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Kat Keller
Catch up with Gophers sprinter Kat Keller as the Gophers prepare for the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual.