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
The Gophers will host their final home meet of the 2016 season this Saturday at the Minnesota Fieldhouse
Minnesota competed locally at the St. Thomas Showcase on Friday night
The Gophers wrapped up action at the Jack Johnson Classic at the Minnesota Fieldhouse 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 Welcome Two New Staff Members
Director of operations Lyndsey Thorpe and athletic trainer Sarah Wambheim have joined the Gopher Athletics staff.
Spotakova Earns Olympic Bronze in Javelin
Gophers All-American Barbora Spotakova threw 64.80m in to place third in the javelin at the Rio Olympic Games.
Gophers to Visit Minnesota State Fair
Golden Gopher teams and coaches are scheduled to appear at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 29-31.