Sophie Schmitz
Sophie  Schmitz

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Willmar, Minn.

High School:
Willmar Senior HS

Event:
Distance

Birthdate:
08/28/1998


04/24/2018

No. 10 Gophers Back in Action

Minnesota will once again split the team at multiple competitions this week in the team's final tune-up before the Big Ten Championship

PRONUNCIATION:

2018 Season – Indoor: Ran three races while competing unattached.

2018 Season – Outdoor: Ran three races while competing unattached.

High School: A 2017 graduate of Willmar Senior High School • competed for coach Jerry Popp • seven-time letterwinner in cross country and track & field • six-time all-conference, four-time all-section, and 2016 all-state honoree in cross country • six-time cross country academic all-state honoree • three-time Nike Cross Nationals team qualifier, placing 14th in 2014, ninth in 2015, and fifth in 2016 • earned four top-three team finishes at Nike Cross Heartland Regional, including winning the team title as a junior and securing runner-up finishes as a senior and sophomore • four-time Minnesota Class AA State Cross Country Championship qualifier, placing 70th for 4K as a freshman (15:23.90), 45th for 4K as a sophomore (15:01.80), 31st for 5K as a junior (18:57.10), and 14th for 5K as a senior (18:58.20) • led Willmar to four-straight top-five team finishes at the Minnesota Class AA State Cross Country Championship, including back-to-back runner-up showings as a junior and senior • 2016 Central Lakes Conference champion (5K) • six-time all-conference, five-time all-section, and three-time all-state honoree in track & field • eight-time Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championships qualifier with appearances in the 400m (10th in 2014), 4x400m relay (13th in 2016, 12th in 2017), 800m (sixth in 2015, third in 2016, first in 2017), and 4x800m relay (fourth in 2016, 14th in 2017) • 800m state champion as a senior • led Willmar to back-to-back runner-up team showings at the Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championship as a junior and senior • seven-time Central Lakes Conference champion, winning the 400m in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and the 800m in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 • holds Willmar school records in the 4x800m relay and 800m • owns high school personal-best marks of 58.30 for 400m, 2:13.34 for 800m, 5:11.08 for 1600m, 12:08 for 3200m, 12:49.10 for 3K, and 18:00.08 for 5K.

Personal: Born August 28, 1998 • daughter of Paul and Regina Schmitz • has three siblings, Samuel, Claire, and Heidi • intends to study physiology • enjoys traveling, hiking, playing piano, singing, 3D art, and painting • National Honor Society member.

Schmitz's Indoor Career Bests (2018 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
800m 2:19.47 (UA) Jack Johnson Classic (1/27/18)
Mile 5:18.24 (UA) UST Invite (1/19/18)
Schmitz's Outdoor Career Bests (2018 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
800m 2:27.55 (UA) Janis Rider Invite (4/28/18)
1,500m 5:17.80 (UA) Hamline Twilight (4/11/18)

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