Kelly Stalpes
Kelly  Stalpes


Plymouth, Minn.

High School:
Wayzata HS




149 Gopher Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

Minnesota's Total is up from 123 Following the 2011 Spring Seasons


Academic All-Big Ten Team Includes 37 Gopher Track & Field Student Athletes

This year's tally is the highest in team history.


4x100-Meter Relay Team Earns NCAA Berth

The Gophers broke their own school record en route to qualifying.


Dahl Advances to Quarterfinals at NCAA West Preliminary

Eight Gophers competed on Thursday.


Gophers Travel to Texas for NCAA West Preliminary Round

The meet takes play May 24-26.

Career Highlights: NCAA Preliminary Meet competitor in the 400-meter hurdles (2010 and 2012) and 4x400m relay (2012) • ranks sixth in Gopher in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.28 seconds.

2012 Season - Indoor: Competed in the 400 meters at the Big Ten Championships • placed fifth in the 200m and tenth in the 400m at the Jack Johnson Classic • ran a leg on the 4x400m relay team that placed third (3:50.26) at the Holiday Inn Invitational. Outdoor: NCAA West Preliminary competitor in the 400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay • finished sixth in the 400m hurdles at the Big Ten Championships (59.53) after running the sixth-best time in Minnesota history in prelims (59.28) • also competed in the 4x400m relay, finishing seventh with the No. 4 time in school history • finished second in the 400m hurdles at the Bulldog Invitational (1:00.13) • finished third at the Aztec Invitational • Academic All-Big Ten with a 4.0 GPA.

2011 Season - Indoor: Took third in the 600m (1:36.23) at the Minnesota Open. Outdoor:finished fifth in the 400m hurdles (1:00.60) at the LSU Gold meet • competed in the same event at the Big Ten championships and finished with a time of 1:00.26.

2010 Season - Indoor:Competed in five meets • led off the Gophers' 4x400m relay that placed fifth at the Big Ten meet • also competed in the 400 meters at Conference meet • clocked best 400m time of 56.83 seconds at Meyo Invitational • ran first leg of the 4x400m relay that finished fourth at the Iowa State Classic with the fourth-fastest relay time in school history (3:42.74).Outdoor:NCAA Preliminary Round competitor • advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals (1:01.09) • ran a time of 59.72 seconds in NCAA First Round • placed fifth in the Big Ten Championships (59.65) • won the Musco Twilight Meet title with a career-best time of 59.60, the fifth-fastest time in school history • anchored the 4x400-meter relay that placed fifth in Big Ten meet • ran the third leg of the 4x200-meter relay that finished fourth at the Drake Relays with a school-record time of 1:36.93 • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned second varsity letter.

2009 Season - Indoor:Competed in six meets • ran her season-best time of 57.65 in the prelim of the 400 meters at the Big Ten Championships • placed third in the 60-meter hurdles at the Jack Johnson Classic in a time of 8.85 seconds, the ninth-best time in school history • also competed in the 4x400-meter relay.Outdoor:Advanced to the NCAA Midwest Region Championships in the 400-meter hurdles • clocked a time of 1:00.43 in the prelims • placed sixth in the event at the Big Ten meet (1:00.87) • ran the fifth-fastest 400-meter hurdles race in school history in winning the Sun Angel title in 59.97 seconds • won three 400m hurdles titles • ran lead-off leg of Hamline Unsaintly Meet 4x400-meter relay champions • honored as team's co-recipient of the Blue Collar Award • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • varsity letterwinner.

2008 Season:Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.

High School:A 2007 graduate of Wayzata High School • high school coaches were Dave Emmans and Aaron Burndt • 2007 Minnesota AA state champion in the 100-meter hurdles (14.70) • led Wayzata to 2007 team title • placed seventh in 2005 for all-state honors • lettered four times in track, three times in gymnastics • a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal:Born May 12, 1989 • intends to major in biology • daughter of Mike and Pam Staples • has one younger sister, Emily.


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