Four Gophers punched their tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship on day one of the NCAA West Prelim
Nineteen Gophers have secured 23 entries in 14 different events at the 2018 NCAA West Prelim
Madeline Strandemo, Kiley Sabin, and Ashley Ramacher earned runner-up finishes to lead Minnesota on day two of the B1G Championship
Emma Spagnola and Kiley Sabin broke Minnesota program records to lead the Gophers on day two at Louisville
Minnesota checks in at No. 10 in the USTFCCCA Week Four National Team Rankings
Photos of track & field student-athlete Shay Nielsen
2018 Season - Indoor: Competed in shot put at six meets • threw a career-best 15.91m (52-02.50) to place ninth in shot put at the Big Ten Championship • ended the season ranked eighth among all-time Gophers in the shot put (15.91m, 52-02.50).
2018 Season - Outdoor: Named Academic All-Big Ten • competed in shot put at eight meets • placed ninth in shot put at the Big Ten Championship with a season-best mark of 15.69m (51-05.75) • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in shot put, placing 39th with a mark of 14.79m (48-06.25).
2017 Season - Indoor: Competed in the shot put at six meets • placed fourth in shot put at the Big Ten Championship with a career-best throw of 15.85m (52-00.00) to move into seventh among all-time Gophers.
2017 Season - Outdoor: Named Academic All-Big Ten • competed in the shot put at seven meets • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in shot put, placing 22nd with her second-best mark of the season at 15.34m (50-04.00) • placed 18th at the Big Ten Championship (13.75m, 45-01.50) • recorded a career-best mark of 15.81m (51-10.25) at the Sun Angel Classic to move into a tie for sixth among all-time Gophers.
2016 Season - Indoor: Competed unattached at five meets.
2016 Season - Outdoor: Competed unattached at five meets.
High School: A 2015 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School where she competed for coach Mike Labine in track & field • six-year track & field letterwinner • a standout three-sport athlete for the Lakers who was a two-time All-Midstate Conference honoree and a four-year letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball • five-time Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championship participant, competing in the shot put as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior and the discus as a junior • state runner-up in the shot put as a senior (44-00.5) and third-place finisher as a junior (41-11.25) • placed 10th in the discus (120-11) as a junior • three-time all-state honoree • four-time academic all-state honoree • five-time All-Midstate Conference honoree and a five-time conference champion in the shot put and a three-time conference champion in the discus • owns Detroit Lakes High School records in the indoor shot put (45-05) and the outdoor shot put (44-11.75) • high school personal best in the discus is 129-08.
Personal: Born August 21, 1996 • daughter of Mindy and Rob Nielsen • has three siblings, Jay, Ally and Kensie • major is special education • mother (volleyball, softball) and father (football) were both college athletes at the University of North Dakota • enjoys spending time on the lake and hanging out with friends • 1,000-point scorer, Midstate Conference MVP and Miss Basketball nominee for the Lakers who is an all-time top-10 career scorer at Detroit Lakes High School and holds school records for career rebounds, single-season rebounds and single-season points • National Honor Society member • A honor roll student.
|Nielsen's Indoor Career Bests (2018 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Shot Put||15.91m, 52-02.50 (AT-8th)||Big Ten Championship (2/23/18)|
|Weight Throw||13.18m, 43-03.00 (UA)||Minnesota Open (1/16/16)|
|Nielsen's Outdoor Career Bests (2018 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Shot Put||15.81m, 51-10.25 (AT-T7th)||Sun Angel Classic (4/8/17)|
|Javelin||35.76m, 117-04 (UA)||Janis Rider Invitational (4/30/16)|
|Hammer Throw||40.33m, 132-04 (UA)||Meet of the Un-Saintly (5/7/16)|
Ramacher Named B1G Freshman of the Year
6/13/2018 - W. Track & Field
Gophers redshirt freshman Ashley Ramacher has been named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year.
Gophers Take 12th in Program of the Year Race
6/12/2018 - W. Track & Field
Minnesota was one of 15 NCAA Division I women's programs honored by the USTFCCCA in this year's Program of the Year standings.
Gophers Total 13 All-America Honors
6/11/2018 - W. Track & Field
The Minnesota women's track & field team earned 13 All-America accolades as the USTFCCCA announced award recipients.