Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship
Minnesota is sending 20 representatives to this week's NCAA West Prelim in Lawrence, Kan.
Eighteen Gophers have been named 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees
Take a look back at Minnesota's 2015 track & field season
Jess Herauf and Nicolle Murphy earned First Team All-American honors, and the 4x400m relay team picked up Second Team honors
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in May 15-17, 2015. Photos by Walt Middleton.
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 NCAA Outdoor Championship on May 14-15, 2015. Photos by Walt Middleton.
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on February 27, 2015.
Women's Track and Field at Big Tens 05.17.15
2015 Season - Indoor: Named team captain • competed in the weight throw at six meets • finished indoor season as second-ranked Gopher in program history with a career-best mark of 20.61m (67-07.50) for second place at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual • placed third in the weight throw (20.13m, 66-00.50) at Big Tens • won weight throw titles at four meets, including the Parents Day Invite, Minnesota Open, Jack Johnson Classic and Husker Invitational • recorded Minnesota's top six throws of the season.
2015 Season - Outdoor: Named Second Team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed at 10 meets, including eight appearances in the discus and 10 in the hammer throw • broke Minnesota program record in the hammer throw with a career-best throw of 61.82m (202-10) at both the NCAA West Prelim and Musco Twilight • ended the season ranked seventh in Minnesota history in the discus with a career-best throw of 54.24m (177-11) to place sixth at the Triton Invitational • placed second in the hammer (61.44m, 201-7.25) and third in the discus (52.98m, 173-10) at Big Ten Championships • placed 20th in the hammer (57.46m, 188-6) at the NCAA Championship • advanced to the NCAA Championship in the hammer throw after tying career-best throw of 61.82m (202-10) to place 10th at NCAA West Prelim • won the hammer throw at four meets • USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree.
2014 Season - Indoor: Competed in the weight throw in six meets • finished indoor season as third-ranked Gopher in program history with a career-best mark of 63-05.50 (19.34m) for fourth place at Big Tens • finished fourth (62-01.00, 18.92m) at Iowa State Classic • won the weight throw at UW-River Falls Invite with throw of 58-07.50 (17.87m) • recorded the Gophers' top five throws of the season.
2014 Season - Outdoor: Named All-American and All-Big Ten second team honoree • finished 15th in the hammer throw with a personal-best throw of 198-3 (60.44m) at the NCAA championships • advanced to the NCAA championships in the hammer throw after finishing 10th with a throw of 191-11 (58.51m) at the NCAA West Prelims • placed 33rd in the discus (156-02, 47.60m) at NCAA West Prelims • finished second in the discus (167-07, 51.09m) at Big Ten Championships • finished the season ranked second among Gophers all-time in the hammer throw (198-3, 60.44m) • competed in the hammer throw and the discus at eight meets • finished second in the hammer with a throw of 196-07 (59.92m) at Spec Towns • won the hammer at UW-La Crosse (196-03, 59.82m), TSU Relays (184-01, 56.10m) and USF Collegiate (184-00, 56.09m) • placed third in the discus with a season-best throw of 169-02 (51.56m) at Musco Twilight • won the discus at UW-La Crosse (165-03, 50.38m) and TSU Relays (161-01, 49.11m) • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.
2013 Season - Indoor: Threw 60-1.25 (18.32m), the fifth-best weight throw in Gopher history, to finish 12th at the Big Ten Championships • placed second at the Jack Johnson Classic with a throw of 58-5.25.
2013 Season - Outdoor: Finished 23rd in the hammer at the NCAA West Preliminary Round meet with a throw of 189-1 (57.63m), seventh-best in school history • also competed in discus at the NCAA West Prelims • placed third in discus at the Big Ten Championships with a mark of 170-4 (51.93m), ranking seventh all-time • took 11th in hammer (181-4) at the Big Ten Championships • won discus and hammer at the Hamline Twilight • won discus at the Meet of the Unsaintly • finished 10th in discus and 16th in hammer at the Drake Relays • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.
2012 Season - Indoor: Runner-up at The Show Case weight throw with a throw of 53-5.50 (16.29m) • placed seventh at the Jack Johnson Classic (51-9.25).
2012 Season - Outdoor: Finished 13th in discus at the Big Ten Championships (152-0) • owned the team's best discus mark of the season, with a throw of 154-2 (46.99m) to win at the Bulldog Invitational • won the discus at the Hamline Twilight, Tommie Twilight, and Holst Invitational • finished second in discus at the Hamline Invite • Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2011 Season: Redshirted both the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2010 graduate of Milwaukee Lutheran High School • high school coach was Philip Koch • 2010 Wisconsin Division 2 state champion in discus (139-01) • placed fourth in shot put (39-06.50) at the 2010 state meet • also competed in state meet in both throwing events in 2008 and 2009 • six-time North Shore Conference champion • set school records in shot put and discus• a letterwinner in volleyball and basketball • all-academic honoree • National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born November 12, 1992 • elementary education major • daughter of Deborah Stanford and Anthony Roach • has two older brothers, Mitchell and Nick • her brother Nick Roach plays linebacker for the Oakland Raiders • collects Barbie dolls.
|Stanford's Indoor Career Bests (2015 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Weight Throw||67-07.50, 20.61m (AT-2nd)||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/24/15)|
|Stanford's Outdoor Career Bests (2015 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Discus||177-11, 54.24m (AT-7th)||Triton Invitational (4/25/15)|
|Hammer Throw||202-10, 61.82m (AT-1st)||NCAA West Prelim (5/28/15); Musco Twilight (5/2/15)|
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