The No. 13 Gophers defeated the No. 11 Badgers in the fourth-annual Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Dual on Saturday
Minnesota got an early start to the 2018 season on the road in Brookings, S.D., Friday night
Lindsey Smits reflects on her breakthrough season, during which she took over three seconds off her 400m hurdles time
Temi Ogunrinde and Angie Guenther secured NCAA Championship berths on day one of the NCAA West Prelim
Minnesota's 18 representatives have secured 22 qualifications in 11 different events at the NCAA West Prelim
2017 Season - Indoor: Ran 12 races with appearances in the 60m, 200m, 400m, 60m hurdles, and 4x400m relay • ran career-best times in the 60m hurdles (8.99), 60m (8.23), 200m (25.67), and 400m (57.22).
2017 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran 11 races with eight appearances in the 400m hurdles and three in the 4x400m relay • ran 400m hurdles PRs in six races, including four consecutive races • took over three seconds off her 400m hurdles time, going from 1:03.35 to 1:00.17 • ran a career-best 1:00.17 in the 400m hurdles to place 10th and anchored fourth-place 4x400m relay at the Big Ten Championship (3:39.53) • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in 400m hurdles, placing 30th in 1:00.99.
2016 Season - Indoor: Ran seven races with appearances in the 200m, 400m, 600m, and 4x400m relay • won the 400m in a season-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 season-best 27.19 in the 200m at the Minnesota Open.
2016 Season - Outdoor: Ran the 400m hurdles at five meets • ran a season-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 (2017 Final)|
|60m||8.23||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/21/17)|
|200m||25.67||Iowa State Classic (2/10/17)|
|400m||57.22||Iowa State Classic (2/11/17)|
|600m||1:38.99||St. Thomas Showcase (2/12/16)|
|60m Hurdles||8.99||Parents Day Invite (2/18/17)|
|Smits's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|400m Hurdles||1:00.17||Big Ten Championship (5/12/17)|
Gophers Finish Second at Iowa Meet
1/20/2018 - W. Track & Field
Titania Markland led the way in the 800m and anchored Minnesota's runner-up 4x400m relay team on Saturday.
Gophers Open Larry Wieczorek Invite
1/19/2018 - W. Track & Field
Kaitlyn Long won the weight throw and Val Larson finished as overall runner-up in the 600m on day one in Iowa.
Long Earns B1G Weekly Honors
1/17/2018 - W. Track & Field
After breaking Minnesota's program record in the weight throw last weekend, Kaitlyn Long is this week's Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week.