The Gopher rookies both placed in the top seven of their respective events over the weekend
Nicolle Murphy, Emma Spagnola and Kiley Sabin are among the Gophers competing at the USATF Championships
Jess Herauf and Nicolle Murphy earned First Team All-American honors, and the 4x400m relay team picked up Second Team honors
Jess Herauf and the Gophers began competition at the 2015 NCAA Championships on Wednesday
Seven Gophers will represent the Maroon & Gold at the NCAA Championships this week
2015 Season - Indoor: Competed in three meets • placed fifth in the unseeded section of the shot put at the Parents Day Invite with a career-best mark of 13.90m (45-07.25) • 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.