Nicolle Murphy and Jess Lehman competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials Saturday
Nicolle Murphy, Gabriele Grunewald, and Heather Kampf competed in preliminary rounds at the U.S. Olympic Trials Thursday.
Agnes Esser, Jess Lehman, and Nicolle Murphy join Minnesota alumni Gabriele Grunewald and Heather Kampf in competing this week
Several current Gophers and Minnesota alumni are set to compete at national and international meets this summer
Look back at the Gophers' B1G Championship season and the rest of the team's 2016 campaign
Photos of Gophers at the 2016 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship by Walt Middleton.
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in May 15-17, 2015. Photos by Walt Middleton.
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the NCAA Outdoor Championship on July 12-13, 2015. Photos taken by Becky Miller
Photos of track and field student athlete Nicolle Murphy.
Women's Track and Field at Big Tens 05.17.15
2016 Season - Indoor: Named team captain • did not compete during indoor season.
2016 Season - Outdoor: Named U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, First Team All-American and All-Big Ten First Team honoree • recorded a then career-best throw of 55.84m (183-02) to place fourth in the javelin at the NCAA Championship • ended the season ranked second in program history in the javelin • finished as Big Ten champion in javelin (53.54m, 175-08) • NCAA Championship qualifier in javelin after an eighth-place finish (50.77m, 166-07) at the NCAA West Prelim • used a then career-best throw of 53.96m (177-00) to finish as runner-up at the Virginia Challenge • won javelin at the Jaguar Classic (51.74m, 169-09) • competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing fifth in the javelin final with a career-best throw of 56.35m (184-10).
2015 Season - Indoor: Competed in three meets • recorded a career-best throw of 14.89m (48-10.25) in the weight throw at the Jack Johnson Classic • placed 11th in the weight throw (14.32m, 46-11.75) at St. Thomas Showcase.
2015 Season - Outdoor: Named First Team All-American, Second Team All-Big Ten, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed in the javelin at eight meets and the hammer throw at three meets • recorded a season-best throw of 53.56m (175-09) to place sixth in the javelin at the NCAA Championship • finished second in the javelin at the Big Ten Championships with a throw of 48.90m (160-5.50) • recorded throw of 51.84m (170-01) to place third in the javelin at the NCAA West Prelim and advance to the NCAA Championship • recorded a career-best hammer throw of 47.57m (156-01) to place 10th at the Tommie Twilight • took 17th in the javelin with a throw of 45.70m (149-11) at the USATF Senior Outdoor Championships.
2014 Season - Indoor: Did not compete.
2014 Season - Outdoor: Competed in the javelin at seven meets and the hammer throw at two meets • named All-Big Ten Second Team honoree after finishing second in the javelin at Big Tens with a career-best throw of 175-09 (53.58m) • finished the season ranked fifth all-time in the javelin (175-09, 53.58m) • finished 14th in the javelin (154-06, 47.10m) at the NCAA West Prelims • won the javelin at Musco Twilight and USF Collegiate • recorded a season-best throw of 132-03 (40.31m) in the hammer at UC San Diego • placed 14th in the javelin at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.
High School: A 2013 graduate of Arkansas City High School • high school coaches were Mitch Pontious and Matt Kmeic • competed in softball as a freshman and sophomore before transitioning to track and field her junior and senior years • 2012 Arkansas Valley Chisholm Trail League champion in the javelin and triple jump • 2012 USATF National Junior Olympics champion in javelin with a throw of 145-10 • set triple jump and javelin school records • softball honors included all-league first team left fielder (2010) and all-league second team left fielder (2011) • set high school home run record (10) in 2011 • 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman for Arkansas City High School • 2009 NCA All-American cheerleader • spent 10 years as a competitive cheerleader.
Personal: Born October 19, 1994 • daughter of Heather Murphy • plans to major in physical therapy • has one brother, Keegan • enjoys music and drawing.
|Murphy's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Weight Throw||48-10.25, 14.89m||Jack Johnson (1/30-31/15)|
|Murphy's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Hammer Throw||156-01, 47.57m||Tommie Twilight (4/29/15)|
|Javelin||184-10, 56.35m (AT-2nd)||U.S. Olympic Trials (7/9/16)|
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