Val Larson
Val  Larson

RS Freshman

DeForest, Wis.

High School:
DeForest Area HS




Gophers Win Nine Titles at Macalester

Members of the Gopher women's track & field team competed locally at Macalester's Janis Rider Invitational on Saturday


Gophers Win Eight Titles at Holst Invite

Members of the Gophers women's track & field team competed locally at the Holst Invitational Saturday


Minnesota Wins 11 Titles at Hamline

The Gophers competed locally at the Hamline Women's Twilight meet on Wednesday evening


Gophers Compete Locally at HU

Members of the Gopher women's track & field team competed locally at the Hamline Invitational Saturday


Gophers Wrap Up ISU Classic

The Gophers competed on day two of the Iowa State Classic on Saturday afternoon


2017 Season - Indoor: Competed unattached at six meets.

2017 Season - Outdoor: Competed unattached at five meets, including winning the 800m in a career-best 2:10.21 at the Janis Rider Invite.

High School: A 2016 graduate of DeForest Area High School where she competed for coach Chris Smith • four-time letterwinner in both cross country and track & field who also played basketball as a freshman • four-time All-Badger North Conference cross country honoree • two-time all-area (second team honoree for 400m, honorable mention for triple jump, long jump, and 4x400m relay) and 2016 all-state honoree on the track • five-time Badger North Conference champion in the 400m (2015, 2016), 4x400m relay (2015, 2016), and triple jump (2016) • seven-time WIAA Division 1 State Track & Field Championship qualifier • finished fourth in the 400m (56.38), sixth in triple jump (37-09), and seventh in long jump (17-06.75) at the 2016 WIAA Division 1 State Championship as a senior • four-time state qualifier in the 400m, placing 12th as a freshman, fifth as a sophomore, sixth as a junior, and fourth as a senior • holds DeForest school records in the 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, and triple jump • nominated for Senior All-Star meet in Iowa • named four-time MVP in track & field, two-time MVP in cross country, and cross country captain • competed in summer USATF and AAU track & field meets from 2010-2015 • owns high school personal bests of 56.38 in the 400m (2016), 37-09 in triple jump (2016), 18-02 in long jump (2016), 25.84 in the 200m (2016), and 12.44 in the 100m (2015).

Personal: Born October 31, 1997 • daughter of Steve and Stephanie Larson • has one sibling, Jared • intends to major in kinesiology • enjoys the outdoors • named high honor roll member, Badger Conference Top Scholar Award recipient, and National Honor Society member.

Larson's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
200m 25.51 (UA) Iowa State Classic (2/10/17)
400m 56.64 (UA) Iowa State Classic (2/11/17)
600m 1:33.90 (UA) St. Thomas Invite (1/20/17)
800m 2:17.47 (UA) Jack Johnson Classic (1/28/17)
60m Hurdles 9.90 (UA) Parents Day Invite (2/18/17)
Larson's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
400m 55.39 (UA) Holst Invitational (4/22/17)
800m 2:10.21 (UA) Janis Rider Invitational (4/29/17)
400m Hurdles 1:03.11 (UA) Hamline Invite (4/1/17)


Groundbreaking for T&F Stadium Set for Friday


The University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics will break ground on the new outdoor track & field facility on Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. CT.

Freshman Friday: Molly Roach


Get to know Gophers rookie Molly Roach, a mid-distance runner from Bloomington, Minn.

Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Elyse Prescott


Sophomore Elyse Prescott checks in before the Gophers travel to the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this week.

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