Sophia Anderson
Sophia  Anderson

RS Sophomore

Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School:
Academy of Holy Angels




Gophers Rewrite Weight Throw Top-10

Gophers Kaitlyn Long, Agnes Esser, and Nayoka Clunis recorded the top-three weight throw marks in program history


Markland Wins Music City Challenge 800m

Titania Markland won the 800m in a career-best 2:07.12 to lead the Gophers on day two at the Music City Challenge


Bethany Hasz Breaks 3K Record

No. 10 Minnesota split the squad at three meets at Iowa State, Vandervilt, and St. Thomas on Friday evening


No. 13 Minnesota Wins Fourth-Straight Dual

The No. 13 Gophers defeated the No. 11 Badgers in the fourth-annual Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Dual on Saturday


Strandemo Wins B1G 3,000m Steeplechase

Minnesota remains in the lead after the second day of competition at the Big Ten Championship


Sophia Anderson

Photos of track & field student-athlete Sophia Anderson.


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2017 Season - Indoor: Competed unattached at six meets.

2017 Season - Outdoor: Ran 16 races with appearances in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 4x400m relay • made Big Ten debut, placing 25th in the 400m (57.09) • ran a career-best 12.50 in the 100m to place sixth in the Kansas Relays Quadrangular • won both the 200m (season-best 25.15) and 400m (career-best 56.26) at the BearCat Twilight.

2016 Season - Indoor: Ran 11 races as a true freshman with appearances in the 60m, 200m, 400m, 600m, and 4x400m relay • finished fourth in the 60m in 8.13 seconds at the Minnesota/Wisconsin Dual • ran season-best times in the 200m (25.45) and the 400m (56.86) at the ISU Classic • placed fourth in the 600m in a season-best 1:35.30 at the Jack Johnson Classic • ran third on the first-place 4x400m relay at the Parents Day Invite (3:58.02).

2016 Season - Outdoor: Ran nine races while competing unattached.

High School: A 2015 graduate of the Academy of Holy Angels where she ran for coaches Jim Gunderson, David Meissner, and David Marshak • a three-sport athlete who was a four-year track & field letterwinner, a three-year soccer letterwinner, and a two-year ping pong letterwinner • five-time all-section, four-time all-conference, and three-time all-state honoree in track & field • six-time Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championship participant • three-time top-five finisher in the 400m at the state meet, placing fourth as a sophomore, fifth as a junior and second as a senior in her personal-best 55.64 • two-time state meet qualifier in the 100m, including a sixth-place finish as a senior • three-time Missota Conference champion in the 200m (2013) and the 400m (2013, 2014) • three-time Tri-Metro Conference champion in the 100m (2015), 200m (2015) and the 400m (2015) • Athena Award winner • owns high school personal-best times of 55.64 in the 400m (2015), 12.16 in the 100m (2015), 25.42 in the 200m (2014), and 8.00 in the 60m (2015) • holds Academy of Holy Angels school records in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 4x100m relay • final Missota Conference record-holder in the 400m • has competed at several USA Track & Field indoor track meets.

Personal: Born January 27, 1997 • daughter of Brian and Mary Anderson • has one brother, Michael • mathematics major • mother Mary ran track at the University of St. Thomas in 1986 • enjoys piano, flute, soccer, ping pong, drawing, painting, water skiing, downhill skiing, and traveling • ranked eighth in her graduating class at Holy Angels • National Honor Society member, Scholar of Distinction, and STEM Diploma recipient • co-author of publication of Monarchs in a Changing World with Dr. Karen Oberhauser (professor/researcher U of MN) published by Cornell University Press.

Anderson's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
60m 8.13 Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/23/16)
200m 25.30 (UA) ISU Classic (2/10/17)
400m 56.74 (UA) ISU Classic (2/11/17)
600m 1:35.07 (UA) St. Thomas Invite (1/20/17)
Anderson's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
100m 12.50 Kansas Relays Quad (4/22/17)
200m 25.09 (UA) Hamline Invitational (4/3/16)
400m 56.26 BearCat Twilight (5/3/17)


Big Ten Honors Long with Weekly Award

Big Ten Honors Long with Weekly Award

2/21/2018 - W. Track & Field

Kaitlyn Long is this week's Big Ten Conference Field Athlete of the Week following her record-breaking performance at the Parents Day Invite.

No. 10 Gophers Set for B1G Championship

No. 10 Gophers Set for B1G Championship

2/20/2018 - W. Track & Field

Minnesota enters the Big Ten Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship as the top-ranked B1G team in the nation.

Gophers Rewrite Weight Throw Top-10

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.

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