Spagnola Leads Gophers at NCAAs
June 9, 2018

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EUGENE, Ore.Emma Spagnola placed seventh in the 400m hurdles and all five Golden Gophers earned top-12 finishes as the University of Minnesota women's track & field team wrapped up competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Hayward Field on Saturday.

Spagnola secured the highest NCAA finish of her career with a seventh-place showing in the 400m hurdles, clocking a time of 58.61 seconds in rainy, wet conditions with standing water on the track during the race. She earned her third overall All-America nod but secured first-team honors for the first time in her career with her top-eight showing.

Meanwhile, Ayesha Champagnie joined Spagnola in posting a top-10 finish on the final day of the national meet with 5,740 points in the heptathlon, good for ninth place. She won the heptathlon javelin with a throw of 48.82m (160-02) along with placing 14th in the heptathlon long jump (5.66m, 18-07.00) and 15th in the heptathlon 800m (career-best 2:25.79) on day two of the event.

Champagnie was in 13th place at the conclusion of day one of the heptathlon, which saw her open the event by placing 17th in the 100m hurdles (14.03 seconds) and taking 21st in high jump (1.63m, 5-04.25). She finished third in the heptathlon shot put (13.59m, 44-07.00) before wrapping up day one with a 13th-place showing in the 200m (24.89 seconds). With her ninth-place finish, Champagnie earned Second Team All-America honors.

Agnes Esser, Heta Tuuri, and Ashley Ramacher each secured Second Team All-American status to wrap up the meet as well. Esser matched her highest NCAA finish of her career by taking 11th in the discus with a mark of 52.23m (171-04) while Tuuri and Ramacher finished in a five-way tie for 12th place in high jump at 1.73m (5-08.00). All of Saturday's competitors faced tough weather with intermittent rain and wet conditions.

In total, the Gophers collected 13 All-America accolades at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championship as Temi Ogunrinde (hammer throw), Emerald Egwim (400m), Nicolle Murphy (javelin), Nayoka Clunis (hammer throw), and the 4x400m relay team of Egwim, Rachel Schow, Titania Markland, and Val Larson joined Esser, Spagnola, Tuuri, Ramacher, and Champagnie in securing All-America awards.

Minnesota tied for 56th in the team standings behind Spagnola's two points behind her seventh-place finish in the 400m hurdles.

Gophers' NCAA Championship Results
7. Emma Spagnola, 400m hurdles (58.61)
9. Ayesha Champagnie, heptathlon (5,740 points)
9. Temi Ogunrinde, hammer throw (62.90m, 206-04)
11. Agnes Esser, discus (52.23m, 171-04)
12. Emerald Egwim, 400m (52.57)
T-12. Heta Tuuri, high jump (1.73m, 5-08.00)
T-12. Ashley Ramacher, high jump (1.73m, 5-08.00)
14. Nicolle Murphy, javelin (49.89m, 163-08)
14. Emerald Egwim, Rachel Schow, Titania Markland, Val Larson, 4x400m relay (3:35.10)
15. Nayoka Clunis, hammer throw (61.03m, 200-02)
17. Emma Spagnola, 100m hurdles (13.25)
17. Titania Markland, 400m (52.98)
18. Madeline Strandemo, 3,000m steeplechase (10:11.93)
18. Kiley Sabin, shot put (15.95m, 52-04)

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