Look back at the Gophers' B1G Championship season and the rest of the team's 2016 outdoor campaign
Jess Lehman, Agnes Esser, and Shanique Wright earned All-American honors on Saturday at the NCAA Championship
Nicolle Murphy and Lyndsey Thorpe earned First Team All-American honors at the NCAA Championship Thursday evening
Agnes Esser, Jess Lehman, Nicolle Murphy, and Lyndsey Thorpe met with the media before heading to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Championship
Eight Golden Gophers are set to compete at the 2016 NCAA Championship this week
2016 Season - Indoor: Named team captain • competed at six meets with six appearances in the weight throw and two appearances in shot put • recorded a career-best mark of 19.72m (64-08.50) to win weight throw at the Minnesota Open and move into third among all-time Gopher throwers • won weight throw at the Parents Day Invite (19.61m, 64-04.00) and Jack Johnson Classic (19.26m, 63-02.25) • finished as weight throw runner up at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (19.58m, 64-03.00) • placed 10th in weight throw at the Big Ten Championship (19.13m, 62-09.25) • threw a season-best 13.82m (45-04.25) in shot put at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual.
2016 Season - Outdoor: Named First Team All-American, CoSIDA Academic All-District, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • NCAA Championship qualifier in hammer throw • placed sixth in the hammer throw with a career-best throw of 63.30m (207-08) at the NCAA Championship • advanced to NCAA Championship with a seventh-place finish in the hammer at the NCAA West Prelim, recording a program-record throw of 62.04m (203-06) • competed in hammer throw at 10 meets • placed fifth in hammer (61.29m, 201-01) at the Big Ten Championship • won hammer at the Jaguar Classic and Meet of the Un-Saintly.
2015 Season - Indoor: Competed in both the shot put and the weight throw at six meets • recorded career-best marks in both events with throws of 14.42m (47-03.75) in the shot put and 19.41m (63-08.25) in the weight throw • ended the season ranked fourth among all-time Gopher throwers in the weight throw (19.41m) • placed seventh in the weight (19.41m) and 18th in the shot (13.09m) at the Big Ten championship • placed second in both the shot and the weight at the Parents Day Invite.
2015 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed in the hammer throw at 10 meets and the shot put at five meets • set career-best marks in both events at the Big Ten Championship, placing fifth in the hammer throw (59.78m, 196-1.75) and taking 17th in the shot put (14.01m, 45-11.75) • qualified for the NCAA West Prelim in the hammer throw and finished 27th with a throw of 57.63m (189-01) • ended the season ranked fourth in program history in the hammer throw (59.78m, 196-1.75) • won the hammer throw at the Eagle Open (58.80m, 192-11) • finished as hammer throw runner-up at the Hamline Twilight, Tommie Twilight, and Jaguar Challenge.
2014 Season - Indoor: Posted career-best throws in both the shot put (47-01.75, 14.37m) and the weight throw (57-01.00, 17.40m) • finished indoor season as seventh-ranked Gopher in program history in the weight throw with a career-best mark of 57-01.00 (17.40m), which won the event at Parents Day Open • placed fourth in the shot put (47-01.75, 14.37m) at Jack Johnson Classic • finished 10th in the shot put (46-07.25, 14.20m) and 17th in the weight throw (54-11.50, 16.75m) at Big Tens.
2014 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed in the shot put and the hammer throw • recorded season-best throws of 45-04.50 (13.83m) in the shot put and 189-10 (57.87m) in the hammer • advanced to the NCAA West Prelims in the hammer and finished 13th with a throw of 188-03 (57.37m) • finished third in the hammer (189-10, 57.87m) and tied for 18th in the shot put (44-07.00, 13.59m) at Big Ten Championships • finished the season tied for seventh in Gopher history in the hammer throw (189-10, 57.87m) • finished 17th with a season-best 45-04.50 (13.83m) in the shot put at UC San Diego • placed second in the hammer at USF Collegiate, UW-La Crosse and TSU Relays.
2013 Season - Indoor: Recorded her season-best shot put mark of 43-9.25 (13.34m) at the Jack Johnson Classic • finished third in shot at the Northwest Open • season-best weight throw was 49-2.25 (14.99m) at the MSU Open.
2013 Season - Outdoor: Finished 14th in the hammer throw at the Big Ten Championships • won the hammer at the Meet of the Unsaintly with a season-best mark of 176-11 (53.92m) • won the unseeded section of hammer throw at the Musco Twilight • season-best shot put was 43-9.75 (13.35m) at the Musco Twilight • finished second in the shot and hammer at the Janis Rider Invite.
2012 Season: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Stanley-Boyd High School in Stanley, Wis. • high school coach was Kari Thorpe • received all-conference honors three times (2008, 2009 and 2010) • three-time conference champion in the shot put (2008, 2010 and 2011) • holds her high school record for the shot put with a mark of 45-5 • lettered four times in track (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) • also lettered three times in basketball • two-time letterwinner in volleyball.
Personal: Born November 5, 1992 •completed undergraduate degree in sport management • working towards Masters of Education in Applied Kinesiology • daughter of Jay and Kari Thorpe • has two older siblings, Kyle and Karla • enjoys reading and sleeping.
|Thorpe's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Shot Put||47-03.75, 14.42m||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/24/15)|
|Weight Throw||64-08.50, 19.72m (AT-3rd)||Minnesota Open (1/16/16)|
|Thorpe's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Shot Put||45-11.75, 14.01m||Big Ten Championships (5/17/15)|
|Hammer Throw||207-08, 63.30m (AT-1st)||NCAA Championship (6/9/16)|
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