The Gophers host the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual to highlight the 2016 indoor season
Take a look back at Minnesota's 2015 track & field season
The Gopher rookies both placed in the top seven of their respective events over the weekend
Jess Herauf and Nicolle Murphy earned First Team All-American honors, and the 4x400m relay team picked up Second Team honors
Jess Herauf and the Gophers began competition at the 2015 NCAA Championships on Wednesday
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 (2015 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|400m||54.96 (AT-6th)||Jack Johnson (1/30-31/15)|
|600m||1:29.91 (AT-3rd)||Big Ten Championships (2/28/15)|
|800m||2:18.53||Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual (1/24/15)|
|Markland's Outdoor Career Bests (2015 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|400m||52.86 (AT-1st)||NCAA West Prelim (5/29/15)|
|800m||2:11.45||Jaguar Challenge (3/20/15)|
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