Kaitlyn Long won the weight throw and Val Larson finished as overall runner-up in the 600m on day one in Iowa
High School: A 2017 graduate of Bloomington Jefferson High School where she competed for coaches Sean Faulk, Brian Melendez, Dusten Olejnicak, and Justin Lund • three-sport letterwinner, earning five letters in track & field, four in cross country, and three in soccer • two-time all-conference, two-time honorable mention all-conference, and 2016 all-section honoree in cross country • two-time Metro West Conference cross country team champions as a junior and senior • Section 3AA team runners-up as a senior • placed 86th at the Minnesota Class AA State Cross Country Championships as a senior, running 21:03.1 for 5K • four-time all-section, four-time all-conference, three-time all-state, and honorable mention all-conference honoree in track & field • eight-time Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championships qualifier with four appearances in the 800m, including placing eighth as a junior, three-top three showing in the 4x400m relay, and a fifth-place finish in the 4x800m relay as a junior • won state title in the 4x400m relay (3:57.90) as a senior after finishing as runners-up as a junior (3:55.01) and taking fourth as a sophomore (3:54.82) • two-time Metro West Conference track & field team champions as a junior and senior • six-time Metro West Conference champion in the 800m (2016, 2017), 4x400m relay (2015, 2016, and 2017), and 4x800m relay (2016) • holds Jefferson school records in the 800m, 4x200m relay, 4x400m relay, and 4x800m relay • owns high school personal-best marks of 2:13.5 in the 800m, 5:27.25 in the 1600m, and 59.06 in the 400m on the track and 19:21.00 for 5K in cross country • academic all-state honoree • 2017 Athena Award recipient.
Personal: Born January 30, 1999 • daughter of Paul and Kim Roach • has two siblings, Megan and Emily • intends to study business with a minor in Spanish • uncle Dan Roach ran cross country and track & field at the University of Minnesota • father Paul was a two-sport athlete at Hamline University in basketball and track & field • grandfather Jack Roach played tennis at Macalester College • enjoys spending time outdoors with friends, traveling, and being involved in her church youth group • National Honor Society member • honor graduate and AP Scholar in high school.
Gophers Rewrite Weight Throw Top-10
2/17/2018 - W. Track & Field
Gophers Kaitlyn Long, Agnes Esser, and Nayoka Clunis recorded the top-three weight throw marks in program history Saturday.
Alum Omeoga Set for Olympic Debut
2/16/2018 - W. Track & Field
Gophers alumna Akuoma Omeoga will compete at the Winter Olympic Games as a member of Nigeria's bobsleigh team.
Gophers to Celebrate Seniors
2/15/2018 - W. Track & Field
Minnesota will honor its senior class during the Parents Day Invite at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse on Saturday.