With an internship and competing in Jamaica, it's been a busy summer for track student-athlete Titania Markland.
Agnes Esser, Jess Lehman, and Nicolle Murphy join Minnesota alumni Gabriele Grunewald and Heather Kampf in competing this week
Podominick took fourth in the U.S. discus final while Markland finished 14th in the Jamaican 400m semifinals Saturday
Gophers senior Titania Markland (Jamaica) and alum Liz Podominick (USA) both extended their seasons on Friday
Several current Gophers and Minnesota alumni are set to compete at national and international meets this summer
Photos from day two at the 2016 Big Ten Track & Field Championship. Photos by Jeremy Buss and Becky Miller.
Minnesota wins Border Battle
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 Big Ten Indoor Championships on February 27, 2015.
2016 Season - Indoor: Named All-Big Ten First Team honoree • named team captain • ran 11 races with appearances in the 400m, 600m, and 4x400m relay • finished as Big Ten 600m champion (1:28.59) • broke the Minnesota indoor program record in the 4x400m relay at Big Tens, anchoring the fourth-place team in 3:35.33 • won the 600m at the Meyo Invitational in a career-best 1:28.51 to rank third in Minnesota history • ran an indoor career-best 54.34 as 400m runner-up at the ISU Classic, breaking the Minnesota program record • won the 400m (54.62) at the Jack Johnson Classic • won the 600m (1:31.81) at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual • anchored Minnesota’s first-place 4x400m relay team at the Jack Johnson Classic (3:42.57) and the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (3:49.38) • finished the season ranked second in Minnesota history in the 400m (54.34).
2016 Season - Outdoor: Ran 11 races • anchored the program record-breaking 4x400m relay team (3:32.50) that finished fourth to clinch a share of the Big Ten team title and place sixth in the 400m (53.91) at the Big Ten Championship • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in the 400m and 4x400m but did not compete due to injury • won the 800m in a career-best 2:08.52 at the Mesa Classic • won the 400m in a season-best 53.25 and anchored the first-place 4x400m relay (3:35.93) at the Rock Chalk Classic • anchored the 4x400m relay at four meets • represented her country at the Jamaica National Senior Championships, placing 14th in the 400m in 53.68.
2015 Season - Indoor: Named Second Team All-Big Ten honoree • ran in 13 races • moved into third in Minnesota history in the 600m with a 1:29.91 as Big Ten runner-up • ended the season ranked sixth all-time in the 400m in 54.96 for second place at the Jack Johnson Classic • anchored Gophers' second-fastest 4x400m relay in program history in 3:37.03 for fourth place at the Big Ten Championship • won the 600m at the Husker Invitational (1:31.00) and the Minnesota Open (1:32.60) • ran a career-best 2:18.53 in the 800m at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual • ran on the fourth-place 4x400m relay at the Iowa State Classic (3:43.03) to rank ninth in Minnesota history.
2015 Season - Outdoor: Named Second Team All-American and Second Team All-Big Ten honoree • ran 18 races, including appearances in the 400m, 800m, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay • broke Minnesota program record in the 400m twice, clocking a career-best 52.86 in the NCAA West Prelim quarterfinal to place 13th • placed second in the 4x400m relay (3:33.76) and fourth in the 400m (53.66) at Big Ten Championships • ran a then-career-best 53.53 to break the Minnesota program record in prelims of the 400m at Big Tens • ran a career-best 2:11.45 to place second in the 800m at Jaguar Challenge • placed 13th in the 4x400m relay (3:35.90) at the NCAA Championship • advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 4x400m relay after finishing fifth at the NCAA West Prelims in a Minnesota program record of 3:32.68 • won the 4x400m relay at Musco Twilight, Triton Invitational, Jaguar Challenge, and Baylor Invitational • placed 11th in the 400m (54.07) at the Jamaican Athletic Administrative Association National Senior Championships.
2014 Season - Indoor: Finished her debut indoor season as the sixth-ranked Gopher all-time in the 400m with a 55.03 in preliminaries at Big Tens • won the 600m in 1:33.18 at the Parents Day Open • took second in the 600m at the Northwest Open (1:35.59) • ran on school-record 4x400m relay team that took third at the Big Ten championship in 3:36.67 • ran on four fastest 4x400m relay teams of the indoor season.
2014 Season - Outdoor: Finished 19th in the 4x400m relay at the NCAA national championships in 3:37.08 • advanced to the NCAA national championships in the 4x400m relay after finishing 11th at the NCAA West Prelims in a Minnesota program record of 3:34.71 • placed third in the 4x400m relay (3:35.07) and 10th in the 400m (55.06) at Big Ten Championships • finished sixth in the 400m in a career-best 54.91 at Spec Towns to rank seventh among Gophers all-time • ran back-to-back program records in the 4x400m relay at Big Tens and NCAA West Prelims • finished third in the 400m at Musco Twilight (55.04) and UC San Diego (55.17) • placed 10th in lone 800m race of the season (2:24.87) at USF Collegiate • won the 4x400m relay at UC San Diego (3:39.43) and USF Collegiate (3:45.00) • ran on the 4x100m, 4x200m and sprint medley relay teams at TSU Relays.
High School: A 2011 graduate of St. Mary High School • high school coaches were Dwayne Williams and Erol Campbell • set 400m record (55.44) and 800m record (2:21.34) in Class 2 at 2011 Eastern Championship • set 800m record (2:16.59), 1,500m record (4:56.70) and 4x400m record (3:55.02) in Class 1 at 2013 Eastern Championship • also won 400m (55.21) in Class 1 at 2013 Eastern Championship • represented Jamaica at the 2012 Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC).
Personal: Born January 2, 1994 • plans to major in Meteorology • daughter of Staceyann Strachan • has one younger sister, Britania Forbes • enjoys netball and football.
|Markland's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|400m||54.34 (AT-2nd)||ISU Classic (2/13/16)|
|600m||1:28.51 (AT-3rd)||Meyo Invitational (2/5/16)|
|800m||2:18.53||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/24/15)|
|Markland's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|400m||52.86 (AT-1st)||NCAA West Prelim (5/29/15)|
|800m||2:08.52||Mesa Classic (4/8/16)|
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