Gophers Look to Extend Dual Streak
Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Dual
Date Saturday, Jan. 13, 2017
Location Minnesota Fieldhouse, Minneapolis, Minn.
Meet Info Home Meet Info | Schedule | Heat Sheets | Tickets
Time 12 p.m. Field events | 1 p.m. Running events
Coverage Live Results | @GopherWCCTF | #Gophers

Jan. 8, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota women's track & field team is set to host the fourth-annual Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Dual at the Minnesota Fieldhouse at 12 p.m. CT this Saturday. The Golden Gophers have won all three previous head-to-head meets with their border rivals. 

Members of the team are also scheduled to compete at the UST Opener on Friday night at the Anderson Fieldhouse on the St. Thomas campus. Action gets underway at 4 p.m. CT.  

About the Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Dual

The 2018 Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Dual field events are slated to begin at 12 p.m. with women's high jump, women's pole vault, and men's and women's long jump. The first event on the track is the men's mile at 1 p.m. Minnesota's 2008 Big Ten Women's Championship Team will be honored at 12:40 p.m. as well.

Saturday is a Gold Out at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. The first 650 fans will receive a gold Dual Meet t-shirt; fans will also receive gold pom-poms. Minnesota Track & Field posters will be available as well. A DJ, trivia, and bingo will provide additional entertainment. The events on the track kick off with a Kids Run at 12:30 p.m.

Last Time Out: Clunis, Strandemo Win at Minnesota Open

Nayoka Clunis and Madeline Strandemo won event titles as six Gophers competed at the Minnesota Open hosted by the Gopher men's track & field team last weekend. Strandemo won the 5,000-meter run in a career-best 16:46.81, and Clunis won both the shot put and the weight throw. She won shot put with a meet-record and career-best mark of 16.24m (53-03.50) to move into third in Gophers' history and took home top honors in the weight throw with another meet-record and career-best mark at 20.01m (65-07.75) to rank fourth among all-time Gophers.

2017 Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Dual Rewind

The Gophers won eight event titles to secure an 82-80 win over the Badgers for their third-straight win at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual last season. Madeline Strandemo led the way with wins in both the 800m and the mile, while Emerald Egwim won the open 400m and anchored the winning 4x400m relay team with Kat Keller, Brieasha Hobbs, and Bolade Jinadu. Kimberly Golding also defended her title from 2016 in the 60m hurdles.

In the field events, Kiley Sabin won the shot put with a new Minnesota program record, and Heta Tuuri (high jump) and Cami Gilson (pole vault) both took home titles as well. The weight throw saw the Gophers rewrite Minnesota's all-time top-10 list led by Angie Guenther's runner-up finish at 19.51m (64-00.25) to move into fifth in program history. Nina Horvath was fourth with a toss of 18.92m (62-01.00) to tie for ninth all-time while Temi Ogunrinde threw 18.52m (60-09.25) for the 10th-best mark in program history at the time.

'U' Breaks Ground on T&F Facility

The University of Minnesota officially broke ground on a new outdoor track & field venue on Friday, Oct. 20. The new stadium will feature a nine-lane track with three chutes, full field event hosting capabilities, and a design to allow sprints and certain field events to be held in multiple directions to take advantage of wind conditions on competition days. These features, along with permanent and event-based seating, provide the flexibility and the amenities to host a wide variety of meets.

Gophers Welcome 19 Newcomers

The Gophers' 2018 roster includes 19 newcomers. Freshmen Sam Baer, Erin Dunning, Allison Gerads, Tess Keyzers, Bit Klecker, Anastasia Korzenowski, Lorean Murray, Hailey Poole, Molly Roach, Sophie Schmitz, Tate Sweeney, and Jaycie Thomsen have joined the Gophers this season along with seven transfers in sophomore Olivia Hummel, sophomore Maria Eastman, junior Ayesha Champagnie, junior Nayoka Clunis, senior Karlie Place, senior Delaney FitzPatrick, and senior Kaitlyn Long.

Meanwhile, Hannah Arason, Meleah Biermaier, Jenna Conzemius, Ryan Crotty, Carissa Dock, Alyssa Faucett, Maddie Gourley, Lindsey Greenlund, Bethany Hasz, Megan Hasz, Abby Kohut-Jackson, Val Larson, Zetta Mason, Elyse Prescott, Ashley Ramacher, Kelli Schmidt, Rebekah Walter, and Sarah Werking will make their official collegiate debuts this year after redshirting the 2017 season.

Gophers Name Captains

Four Gophers will lead the Maroon & Gold in search of the program's sixth Big Ten track & field title this season in Titania Markland, Temi Ogunrinde, Emma Spagnola, and Madeline Strandemo. Markland and Strandemo return as captains while Ogunrinde and Spagnola are first-year captains for Minnesota.

2017-18 Track & Field Schedule

Under the direction of Matt Bingle for the seventh season, the Gophers' 2017-18 schedule includes nine weeks of indoor meets and nine weeks of outdoor meets with competitions in 12 different states. Highlighting the indoor slate are three home meets, beginning with the Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Dual which returns to the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 13, the Jack Johnson Classic (Jan. 26-27) and the Parents Day Invite (Feb. 17). The outdoor season includes nine weeks of competition, and the Gophers will compete in Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Minnesota, California, Iowa, Kentucky, Indiana, and Oregon.

2017 Cross Country Season Rewind

The Gophers wrapped up the 2017 season with three NCAA All-Midwest Region honorees, three All-Big Ten Conference awards, B1G team and individual runner-up showings, and a top-20 NCAA Championship finish.

Madeline Strandemo finished as B1G runner-up to lead Minnesota to a runner-up team showing while Megan Hasz and Bethany Hasz joined Strandemo as All-Big Ten and All-Midwest Region honorees. The Gophers closed out the season with a 19th-place team finish at the NCAA Championship.

Program Records Fall in 2017

The Gophers broke three Minnesota indoor program records last season, including Kiley Sabin's record-breaking performance in the shot put (17.17m, 56-04.00). Emerald Egwim improved on her own program record in the 400m dash (52.73), and Kimberly Golding and Emma Spagnola tied for the top 60m hurdles time in program history at 8.13 seconds.

Outdoors, six Gophers set new program records last spring in Emerald Egwim (400m, 51.99), Kimberly Golding (100m hurdles, 12.98) Madeline Strandemo (3,000m steeplechase, 9:51.83), Kiley Sabin (shot put, 16.65m, 54-07.50), Temi Ogunrinde (hammer throw, 64.01m, 210-00), and Taylor Wiebke (high jump, 1.85m, 6-00.75). Sixteen Gophers and two relay teams made improvements to the program's top-10 list in 12 different events.

Up Next: Larry Wieczorek Invite and St. Thomas Invite

Next weekend, the Gophers travel to Iowa City, Iowa, for the University of Iowa Larry Wieczorek Invite on Friday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 20. Members of the team not traveling witll compete locally at the St. Thomas Invite on Friday.

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