BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 10 Minnesota women's track & field team won the program's third outdoor and seventh overall Big Ten Conference Track & Field Championship on Sunday. The Golden Gophers scored points in 15 of 21 possible events at the B1G Championship hosted by Indiana at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.
Highlighting day three competition for the Maroon & Gold were a pair of runner-up finishes in triple jump and 4x100m relay along with three third-place showings, but the Gophers locked up the team title behind five points from Bethany Hasz and Megan Hasz in the 5,000m run.
Minnesota had a seven-point lead over runner-up Purdue with two events remaining, 129-122, and B. Hasz and M. Hasz extended the Gophers' lead to 12 points at 134-122 after the 5,000m. B. Hasz placed fifth in 16:47.61 while M. Hasz took eighth in 16:54.28 to give the Maroon & Gold an insurmountable lead heading into the 4x400m relay.
Minnesota led the team race throughout the meet, including holding a 46-point lead after two days and nine events scored. The field narrowed the Gophers' lead on day three, but the Maroon & Gold never trailed.
The final team standings saw Minnesota win by two points, edging runner-up Purdue 134-132 after the Boilermakers won the 4x400m relay. The Gophers wrapped up the meet with a 10th place finish in the 4x400m relay as the team of Val Larson, Sophia Anderson, Erin Huls, and Lindsey Smits ran 3:42.24 with the team title already locked up. Iowa (96 points) and Indiana (87 points) rounded out the top four teams, and Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Nebraska tied for fifth with 60 points each.
The Gophers' 4x100m relay team of Rachel Schow, Titania Markland, Emma Spagnola, and Emerald Egwim ran a Minnesota program record time of 44.22 seconds to finish as B1G runner-up. The quartet improved on the previous record of 44.32 seconds set by Todea-Kay Willis, Nyoka Giles, Chimerem Okorji, and Kylie Peterson in 2012.
Minnesota's other day three runner-up showing came from Shanique Wright in the triple jump. Wright used a season-best mark of 12.99m (42-07.50) to earn the best B1G finish of her career so far. Meanwhile, Lorean Murray jumped 11.87m (38-11.50) for 17th place.
Along with their runner-up finish in the 4x100m relay, Markland, Egwim, Spagnola, and Schow contributed significant points in their individual events.
Markland and Egwim combined for nine points in the 400m as Markland ran a Minnesota program record time of 51.40 seconds for third place and Egwim finished sixth in 52.00 seconds.
Spagnola and Schow combined for 17 points in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Spagnola finished third both events, clocking a time of 13.29 seconds in the 100m hurdles and destroying her own Gophers' program record in the 400m hurdles at 56.79 seconds. Schow also ran a career-best time in the 400m hurdles, taking fifth in 57.71 seconds to rank third in Minnesota history, and she was eighth in the 100m hurdles in 13.87 seconds.
Madeline Strandemo added a seventh-place finish in the 1,500m run to her B1G runner-up showing in the 3,000m steeplechase, picking up two more points for the Gophers in the team race with a time of 4:32.13. Bethany Hasz also raced in the 1,500m final, finishing 11th in 4:34.98.
Minnesota also finished as the 2018 Big Ten indoor champions with an 11.50-point win over Purdue, 91.50 to 80. The Gophers most recently shared the 2016 B1G outdoor crown with Michigan, along with winning the outdoor league title in 2006. Minnesota won three-straight Big Ten indoor titles in 2007, 2008, and 2009 as well.
The Big Ten Network will air tape delay coverage on the of the championships on Wednesday, May 16, at 6 p.m. CT.
Up next, the Gophers await the announcement of the NCAA West Prelim qualifiers.
Gophers' B1G Scoring Finishes
1. Nicolle Murphy, javelin (54.99m, 180-05), 10 points
1. Temi Ogunrinde, hammer throw (66.97m, 219-08), 10 points
2. Rachel Schow, Titania Markland, Emma Spagnola, Emerald Egwim, 4x100m relay (44.22), 8 points
2. Shanique Wright, triple jump (12.99m, 42-07.50), 8 points
2. Madeline Strandemo, 3,000m steeplechase (10:01.69), 8 points
2. Kiley Sabin, shot put (16.60m, 54-05.50), 8 points
2. Ashley Ramacher, high jump (1.82m, 5-11.50), 8 points
3. Titania Markland, 400m (51.40), 6 points
3. Emma Spagnola, 100m hurdles (13.29), 6 points
3. Emma Spagnola, 400m hurdles (56.79), 6 points
3. Heta Tuuri, high jump (1.82m, 5-11.50), 6 points
3. Ayesha Champagnie, heptathlon (5,821 points), 6 points
3. Agnes Esser, hammer throw (61.70m, 202-05), 6 points
3. Lexi Kiefer, pole vault (4.12m, 13-06.25), 6 points
4. Nayoka Clunis, hammer throw (61.22m, 200-10), 5 points
4. Megan Hasz, 10,000m (34:38.37), 5 points
5. Bethany Hasz, 5,000m (16:47.61), 4 points
5. Rachel Schow, 400m hurdles (57.71), 4 points
5. Karlie Place, pole vault (4.12m, 13-06.25), 4 points
6. Emerald Egwim, 400m (52.00), 3 points
7. Madeline Strandemo, 1,500m (4:32.13), 2 points
7. Nayoka Clunis, shot put (15.92m, 52-02.75), 2 points
8. Megan Hasz, 5,000m (16:54.28), 1 point
8. Rachel Schow, 100m hurdles (13.87), 1 point
8. Ayesha Champagnie, javelin (46.04m, 151-00), 1 point
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