Gophers Kaitlyn Long, Agnes Esser, and Nayoka Clunis recorded the top-three weight throw marks in program history
No. 10 Minnesota split the squad at three meets at Iowa State, Vandervilt, and St. Thomas on Friday evening
Kaitlyn Long won the weight throw and Val Larson finished as overall runner-up in the 600m on day one in Iowa
The No. 13 Gophers defeated the No. 11 Badgers in the fourth-annual Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Dual on Saturday
Nayoka Clunis won both the shot put and weight throw and Madeline Strandemo won the 5,000m run at the Minnesota Fieldhouse Saturday
High School: A 2017 graduate of Little Chute High School where she competed for coaches James Brooks and Jeremy Reider • three-sport athlete who earned four letters in track & field and basketball and three in volleyball • five-time all-state honoree, winning three-straight state titles in the shot put and collecting nine top-10 state meet finishes • 12-time WIAA Division 2 State Track & Field Championship qualifier with three appearances each in the shot put, 4x100m relay, and 4x200m relay, two appearances in the discus, and one in the 4x400m relay • led Little Chute to a seventh-place team finish at the 2017 WIAA Division 2 State Championship, winning her third-straight shot put title and placing third in the discus and fourth in the 4x200m relay along with taking 16th in the 4x100m relay • back-to-back-to-back state champion in the shot put as a sophomore, junior, and senior • placed 17th in the discus at the state meet as a junior before improving to third place as a senior • took eighth at the state meet in both the 4x200m and 4x400m relays as a sophomore • placed ninth at the state meet in both the 4x100m and 4x200m relays as a freshman • three-year regional and sectional champion in the shot put and 2017 sectional champion in the discus • four-year all-conference honoree, earning 11 awards in five different events including four first-team all-conference nods in shot put • seven-time conference champion, winning four-straight North Eastern Conference titles in the shot put, two titles in the 4x100m relay, and one in the 4x200m relay • four-year Team MVP • set Wisconsin state record in the shot put • named 2017 North Eastern Wisconsin High school Sports Female Athlete of the Year, 2017 North Eastern Conference Field Athlete of the Year, and 2017 Post Crescent Track & Field Athlete of the Year • holds Little Chute school records in shot put, 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay, and 4x400m relay • won shot put and placed fourth in discus to earn Field Athlete of the Meet honors at 2017 Senior Spotlight Meet • owns high school personal-best marks of 49-03.25 in shot put and 132-04 in discus.
Personal: Born July 31, 1998 • daughter of Dan and Karen Keyzers • has two siblings, Tanner and Max • intends to study kinesiology • brothers Tanner and Max both play football at Michigan Tech • earned academic high honors every semester of high school and graduated fifth in her class • a standout volleyball and basketball player in high school who earned three all-conference awards in basketball and two all-conference awards in volleyball • served as volleyball captain and named basketball MVP, academic all-star, and all-star team player.
Gophers Begin Outdoor Ranked No. 11
3/20/2018 - W. Track & Field
Minnesota ranks 11th in the nation in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Team Computer Preseason Rankings.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Shay Nielsen
3/20/2018 - W. Track & Field
Get to know Gophers redshirt sophomore Shay Nielsen as Minnesota kicks off the outdoor season.
Gophers Enjoy Spring Break Training
3/19/2018 - W. Track & Field
Members of the Gopher women's track & field team spent spring break training in Houston, Texas.