Val Larson
Val  Larson

RS Freshman

DeForest, Wis.

High School:
DeForest Area HS




Nineteen Gophers Qualify for NCAA Prelim

Nineteen Gophers have secured 23 entries in 14 different events at the 2018 NCAA West Prelim


Gophers Take Home B1G Team Title

No. 10 Minnesota won the program's third outdoor and seventh overall Big Ten team title on Sunday.


Gophers Remain Atop B1G Standings

Madeline Strandemo, Kiley Sabin, and Ashley Ramacher earned runner-up finishes to lead Minnesota on day two of the B1G Championship


No. 10 Gophers Break Two Records

Emma Spagnola and Kiley Sabin broke Minnesota program records to lead the Gophers on day two at Louisville


No. 10 Gophers Back in Action

Minnesota will once again split the team at multiple competitions this week in the team's final tune-up before the Big Ten Championship


2018 Season - Indoor: Ran 13 races • ran career bests in the 400m (55.47) and the 600m (1:29.87), winning the 600m, at the Power Five Invite • ran a career-best 2:10.60 in the 800m at the Music City Challenge • made Big Ten debut, placing 10th in the 600m (1:31.15) and running the 800m leg of the sixth-place distance medley relay (11:25.67) • won the 800m at The Dual • led off the first-place 4x400m relay team at the Power Five Invite, clocking a time of 3:36.36 to rank second in Minnesota history • ended the season ranked fourth in the 600m (1:29.87) among all-time Gophers.

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 (2018 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
200m 25.51 (UA) Iowa State Classic (2/10/17)
400m 55.47 Power Five Invite (2/3/18)
600m 1:29.87 (4th) Power Five Invite (2/2/18)
800m 2:10.60 Music City Challenge (2/10/18)
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)


Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Kiley Sabin

Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Kiley Sabin

5/22/2018 - W. Track & Field

Catch up with Gophers redshirt junior Kiley Sabin heading into the NCAA West Prelim.

No. 11 Gophers Set for NCAA West Prelim

No. 11 Gophers Set for NCAA West Prelim

5/21/2018 - W. Track & Field

Nineteen Gophers will represent the Maroon & Gold at the NCAA West Prelim in Sacramento, Calif., this week.

Gophers Celebrate Graduates

Gophers Celebrate Graduates

5/19/2018 - W. Track & Field

The Big Ten champion Gophers honored the program's seniors with an impromptu graduation ceremony at the airport.

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