Minnesota's newcomers for next season total 15 new student-athletes joining the Maroon & Gold
Assistant coach Peter Miller previews the throwing events for the Gophers
Former Gopher student-athlete and current women's assistant coach Peter Miller attended the 2016 Olympic Games
Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship
Matt Bingle looks at the Gophers' sprints, jumps, hurdles, and multi-events in 2016
Photos from day one of the 2016 Big Ten Conference Women's Track & Field Championship. Photos by Becky Miller.
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the NCAA Outdoor Championship on July 12-13, 2015. Photos taken by Becky Miller
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Concordia Invitational on April 18th, 2015
Women's Track and Field at Big Tens 05.17.15
Women's Track at Big Tens 05.17.2014
The 2017-18 season marks Peter Miller's fifth season with the Golden Gophers after joining the University of Minnesota women's track & field staff in summer 2013. Miller, a former Gopher student-athlete, serves as an assistant coach for throws and high jump, while assisting with the combined-events training.
In his first four seasons with the Gophers, Miller coached the Minnesota throwers to six All-American awards (Devin Stanford, hammer, Second Team 2014; Nicolle Murphy, javelin, First Team 2015; Lyndsey Thorpe, hammer, First Team 2016; Murphy, javelin, First Team 2016; Agnes Esser, discus, Second Team 2016; Kiley Sabin, indoor shot put, Second Team 2017) and two Big Ten titles (Murphy, javelin 2016; Temi Ogunrinde, hammer, 2017) along with five Big Ten runner-up finishes (Murphy, javelin 2014 and 2015; Stanford, discus, 2014; Stanford, hammer, 2015; Esser, weight throw, 2017). In addition, Miller helped Gophers multi-event athlete Jess Lehman (Herauf) to four All-American honors: pentathlon (Second Team, 2014; First Team, 2015) and heptathlon (First Team, 2015; First Team 2016) as well as six All-Big Ten awards in the multi-events and four scoring finishes in the B1G javelin competition.
Under Miller’s direction in 2014, Stanford became Minnesota's first hammer thrower to qualify for the national meet since Liz Alabi competed in 2007. Placing 15th in the hammer with a then career-best throw, Stanford then became the first Gopher thrower to place at the national meet since Nikki Tzanakis finished 14th in the discus in 2011. In 2015, Murphy was the first Gopher thrower to earn first team All-American honors since 2008, and she recorded her second-straight first team award in 2016.
Miller’s student-athletes combined to score 38 points en route to Minnesota’s 2016 B1G outdoor title, including Big Ten champions Jess Lehman (heptathlon) and Nicolle Murphy (javelin). The previous year, Miller’s throwers scored 47 points at the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Championship, including four top-three finishes. In the last four seasons, Miller has coached 14 Gophers to 36 NCAA West Prelim qualifications and had nine student-athletes make 12 appearances at the NCAA Outdoor Championship.
Miller’s Gophers rank among the top in program history as he has coached 10 Minnesota program record-holders in eight different events: hammer throw (Stanford, 61.82m; Thorpe, 63.30m; Ogunrinde, 64.01m), discus (Esser, 57.91m), indoor shot put (Sabin, 17.17m), outdoor shot put (Sabin, 16.65m), indoor high jump (Heta Tuuri, 1.80m), outdoor high jump (Wiebke, 1.85m), pentathlon (Herauf, 4,393 points), and heptathlon (Herauf, 6,014 points). In total, 17 of Miller’s athletes own 36 of Minnesota’s all-time top 10 indoor and outdoor performances highlighted by 23 of the best throwing marks in Gopher history, along with two of the all-time top 10 performances in indoor high jump, two in outdoor high jump, five in the pentathlon, and four in the heptathlon.
Under Miller, the Gopher throwers have had success beyond the NCAA stage as well. Kiley Sabin was named a USATF All-American after placing seventh in the shot put and 11th in the discus at the 2015 USATF Outdoor Junior Championships. In addition, Murphy placed 14th and 17th in the javelin at the 2014 and 2015 USATF Senior Championships, and Esser has competed on the international stage for her native Canada at multiple events, including qualifying for finals at the 2015 World University Games.
Miller returned to his alma mater for the 2013-14 season after two successful seasons as the throws coach for the University of North Dakota men's and women's track & field teams. In 2012, Miller's throwers broke eight school records and won three Great West Conference individual titles. During the 2013 season, UND's throwers were responsible for seven more school records, four NCAA qualifiers, four USA Junior National qualifiers, one USATF Junior All-American, one All-Academic award winner and 35 UND top-10 performances.
Prior to his arrival at UND, Miller coached throws and combined events at Wisconsin-River Falls for three years. He mentored NCAA Division III meet qualifiers, including a third-place finisher, throughout his tenure. One of Miller's student-athletes qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division III outdoor championships in both the high jump and shot put, the only female in any division to compete in that combination of events at the national meet.
During two seasons coordinating the Falcons' strength and conditioning program, Miller's student-athletes broke 27 school records and earned 13 All-America awards. He was also heavily involved in track and field winter camps as both a director and instructor.
Miller captained the Gopher track & field team as a senior. He earned three letters and three Academic All-Big Ten selections, along with five University of Minnesota Scholar Student-Athlete awards. Miller earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2008 and is pursuing a master's in business administration.
Miller has gained multiple coaching certifications through USA Track & Field, the USTFCCCA and the IAAF. He has completed all requirements to reach the highest levels of certification through both the IAAF (Level 5 Throws), which he received with distinction, and USATF (Level 3 Throws). In addition, Miller has received his USATF Level 2 certification in jumping events. In 2016, Miller became certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the USTFCCCA.
Esser to Compete in Taiwan
Agnes Esser is set to represent her native Canada at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan.
Summer Update: Track's Temi Ogunrinde
Temi Ogunrinde is making the most out of her summer as she's interning with the 2019 NCAA Final Four Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee.
Gophers Earn USTFCCCA Academic Accolades
Fifteen individuals were honored by the USTFCCCA and Minnesota received a team award.