|2014-15 Gopher Signees (Alphabetical)
||Green Bay, Wis.
||Bay Port HS
||Rapid City, S.D.
||Sioux Falls, S.D.
||East Ridge HS
||St. Paul, Minn.
||North St. Paul HS
||Cottage Grove, Minn.
||Random Lake, Wis.
||Random Lake HS
||West Aurora HS
Feb. 5, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The Golden Gopher women's cross country and track and field team is pleased to welcome its newest members as Feb. 5, 2014 marks National Signing Day.
The Gophers have already added several new recruits who have signed their National Letter of Intent (NLI) and Acceptance of Admission for the 2014-15 season. Check back for the latest additions to Minnesota's signing class as this page will be updated frequently.
Feb. 19, 2014 Additions
Kate Bishop, Indianola, Iowa (Acceptance of Admission)
Kate Bishop comes to Minnesota from Indianola High School in Iowa where she is a five-time Central Iowa Metropolitan League champion in the 800-meter run (2013, 2012), 400-meter dash (2013, 2012) and the distance medley relay (2011). Her personal bests on the track are 58.69 in the 400m and 2:16.02 in the 800m. As a junior, she placed fifth in the 4x800m relay (4:01.98), sixth in the 4x800m relay (9:34.65), seventh in the 800m (2:16.02) and eighth in the 400m (58.69) at the Iowa 4A state meet.
Sarah Hopkins on Bishop:
"Kate adds another middle-distance element to this year's class. She probably has the best foot speed of the class with a 400m PR of 58.6 and 800m PR of 2:16. She has been a consistent high school performer in Iowa during her career at Indianola and is another athlete who I believe will thrive with a good training group."
Temi Ogunrinde, Cottage Grove, Minn. (Acceptance of Admission)
Temi Ogunrinde joins the Gophers as a three-sport athlete from Park High School, competing in soccer, basketball and track and field. She owns personal bests of 12.50 in the 100-meter dash, 25.82 in the 200-meter dash and 57.27 in the 400-meter dash. Ogunrinde placed third in the 400m at the Minnesota Class AA state meet as a sophomore. She is an All-Suburban East Conference athlete in both soccer and basketball in addition to her accomplishments on the track.
Matt Bingle on Ogunrinde:
"We’re recruiting Temi as an all-around athlete. She’s run the 400m and done field events. Temi is one of the nicest kids you’ll ever meet. She is another kid who really just fits with our team. I’m so excited she is going to be a Gopher. She’s one of those people where you feel better after you talk to her, no matter what it is about. We might turn her into a hammer thrower. She has very strong fast-twitch muscles."
Ellen Snyder, Hudson, Wis. (Acceptance of Admission)
Ellen Snyder is a three-time state qualifier in cross country from Hudson, Wis. She has a 5K personal best of 19:04. Snyder competed in the 2012 Nike Heartland Cross Country Regional Championship in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also is a two-time first-team All-Big Rivers Conference honoree in cross country after placing third in 2013 and fourth in 2012 at the conference meet.
Sarah Hopkins on Snyder:
"Ellen has had an up-and-down high school career dealing with some injuries, but she has a huge passion for the sport and a desire to improve. She has shown when she’s healthy that she has a great upside. When we find the right formula for keeping her healthy and training consistently, I have no doubt that she will thrive. I am excited to have Ellen join us for her college career."
Feb. 12, 2014 Additions
Jennifer Anderson, Green Bay, Wis. (Acceptance of Admission)
Jennifer Anderson joins the Gophers from Bay Port High School in Green Bay, Wis. She is a four-time Fox River Classic Conference, regional and sectional champion in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. A three-year Wisconsin Division 1 state meet participant, Anderson's best state meet finishes are placing fifth in the 100m hurdles (15.36) as a junior and sixth in the 300m hurdles (45.18) as a sophomore. She holds the Bay Port High School records in each event as well.
Matt Bingle on Anderson:
"Jen is a great student and a great person. We should be able to develop her into a 400m hurdler. She fits with the mode we have in terms of being a true student-athlete. I’m excited to have her."
Paige Peschel, Westfield, Wis. (NLI)
A native of Westfield, Wis., Paige Peschel has track personal bests of 2:16 in the 800-meter run, 4:58 in the mile and 10:51 in the two mile. Peschel finished third in both the mile and two-mile run at the 2011 Wisconsin Division 2 state track and field meet. She missed most of the 2012 season but returned to the state meet as a junior, taking 10th in the 800m. Peschel is also a two-time Wisconsin Division 2 state cross country meet participant.
Sarah Hopkins on Peschel:
"Paige is a talented all-around athlete, as a starter on her high school basketball team and a standout middle distance runner from Wisconsin. I am very excited to work with Paige, as I think she has a lot of room for growth in the 800m and the mile. She has been training on her own for most of her high school career, and joining an established middle-distance group will be huge in her development. As a sub-5:00 high school miler, it will be fun to see how much better she can get!"
Feb. 5-6, 2014 Newcomers
Emily Castanias, Carver, Minn. (Acceptance of Admission)
Emily Castanias has personal bests of 5:01 for the 1,600-meter run and 2:20 for the 800-meter run on the track. At the 2013 Minnesota State Class AA cross country championship, Castanias placed 35th overall in 14:58.6 to help Chanhassen to a fourth-place team showing. A five-time cross country state meet runner, Castanias was the second runner on the Storm’s ninth-place team in 2012 as well. She also is a state-level cross country skier.
Sarah Hopkins on Castanias:
"Emily comes to us having been coached at Chanhassen High School by a former teammate of mine, Anita Woodrow. Emily has steadily improved all through high school and has an awesome work ethic and desire to improve. As an all-conference cross country skier and a 5:01 miler, Emily has a great mix of endurance and speed. I am excited to continue what Anita has started with her and continue the trajectory she has been on in high school!"
Tamara Gorman, Rapid City, S.D. (NLI)
Tamara Gorman is a standout triathlete from Rapid City, S.D. She captured first place at the 2013 ITU Junior Triathlon World Championship in London, logging a time of 57 minutes, 8 seconds on the 750-meter swim, 22.5-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course to become the first ever U.S. female to earn a gold medal at the competition. She is a three-time Gatorade South Dakota Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, most recently earning the honor for 2013-14 after being the fastest South Dakota runner at the 2013 Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships and earning ninth place in 18:05.7. She was also the runner-up at the South Dakota Class AA state meet, crossing the line in 14:24.81. On the track, Gorman owns personal bests of 5:00.00 in the 1,600-meter run and 10:53.00 in the 3,200-meter run.
Sarah Hopkins on Gorman:
"It is not every day we get a world champion to join our athletic department! Tamara has competed on big stages and has had tremendous success in the triathlon world. We are excited to see how much she can improve in cross country and track in college while still balancing some triathlon competitions in the summer months. She has a huge energy system, and I can't wait to get her on the track in the 5,000m and 10,000m distances. Tamara will be a great addition to our cross country team and has the ability to contribute early in her career."
Michaela Mayer, Sioux Falls, S.D. (NLI)
Michaela Mayer is the 2012 and 2013 South Dakota state champion in the shot put. She is also a standout softball and basketball player. She owns personal bests of 135-11 in the discus and 45-9.50 in the shot put.
Peter Miller on Mayer:
"Michaela is not only a great thrower but also a winner. She has won multiple state titles in track as well as softball and is now looking to help her team to a basketball championship this winter. I am excited for her to transfer that success to the NCAA. She is not only a great athlete, but also a great student with a 4.0 GPA. She is exactly the type of student, athlete and person we want to be a part of our program going forward. We made her one of our top priorities early in the fall, and we are glad to officially call her a Gopher!"
Macy Narr, Minnetonka, Minn. (Acceptance of Admission)
Macy Narr owns a personal best of 11-7 in the pole vault. She helped lead the Minnetonka Skippers to state and section titles as a junior in 2013. At the Section 6AA meet, she claimed the pole vault title by clearing 10-11. Narr cleared 11-0 to tie for eighth at the 2013 Minnesota Class AA State Championship.
Peter Miller on Narr:
"Macy is the top pole vaulter in the state of Minnesota for the 2014 class. She is the type of athlete that we need to keep in the state for us to have continued success as a team. Macy is a solid athlete with a strong background in gymnastics, which will help her make quick progress once she is able to vault year-round. She is another homegrown athlete whose passion for athletics and academics will not let her settle for anything less than success here at Minnesota."
Bailey Ness, Woodbury, Minn. (NLI)
Bailey Ness was the 2013 Suburban East Conference cross country champion in a personal best 13:58 for the 4k. Ness is also a Nike Cross Nationals Qualifier with a 5k personal best of 18:12. She placed 37th in 18:15.3 at the Nike Cross Nationals in 2013. Ness competed in the 2013 Minnesota Class AA State Championship in the 4x800-meter relay as a junior, taking 14th in 9:39.37 with her team from East Ridge High School.
Sarah Hopkins on Ness:
"Bailey had a phenomenal senior cross country season after struggling with iron issues as a junior. She ran a sub-14:00 4k to win the Suburban East title and was a top-40 finisher at the Nike National Championships. She is a tough runner who is only scratching the surface of how good she can be. Bailey is a second generation Gopher cross country runner, as her dad is an alum and former Big Ten champion in the 10,000m. I am so excited to see the journey that Bailey creates for herself during the next four years!"
Patty O'Brien, St. Paul, Minn. (NLI)
Patty O’Brien joins the Gophers from North St. Paul High School. She was the top senior at the 2013 Minnesota State AA cross country championships, coming in sixth overall in 14:32.1 in just her second season of cross country. She also earned a top-25 finish at the state meet as a junior, clocking in at 14:47.3 at the 2012 championship. O’Brian was a standout soccer and hockey player before beginning her running career.
Sarah Hopkins on O’Brien:
"Patty came to our summer camp last summer, and we were impressed by her tenacity and toughness, especially being so new to the sport. Patty was an all-state runner in her first season of cross country as a junior and improved to be the top senior at the Minnesota state meet this past fall. I am so excited to add Patty as she is a raw talent that has a huge upside for improvement as she continues to race and learn the sport. Patty also has a Gopher blood line as her brother Jim was a Gopher hockey player."
Kiley Sabin, Slinger, Wis. (NLI)
Kiley Sabin joins the Gophers as a three-sport athlete from Slinger, Wis., competing in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She was the 2013 Wisconsin Division 1 state champion in the shot put with a personal best throw of 43-4.75 and the state runner-up in the discus (130-0). Sabin owns a personal best throw of 136-11 in the discus. She was a 2013 WIAA all-state honoree in both the shot put and the discus. As a sophomore in 2012, Sabin took fifth in the shot put and eighth in the discus at the state meet as well.
Peter Miller on Sabin:
"Kiley is a great addition to our team as a three-sport athlete who has just begun to realize her potential in the throws. She is a proven competitor, having thrown a PR in the shot put to capture the WIAA state shot title last year. She will fit in great with our current athletes, as she is not only a great athlete, but is also near the top of her class at Slinger. I am excited to have her as a part of my first Gopher recruiting class!"
Delaney Sinnen, Random Lake, Wis. (NLI)
Delaney Sinnen was the Wisconsin Division 3 cross country champion as a senior in 2013, clocking in with a personal best of 14:22 for 4k. She is a three-time cross country state meet competitor. As a junior, she was the Wisconsin Division 2 state runner-up on the track in the 1,600-meter run (5:03) and the 3,200-meter run (10:42) with personal bests in each event. Sinnen also has a personal best of 5-3 in the high jump.
Sarah Hopkins on Sinnen:
"Delaney is a phenomenal athlete who has qualified for the state track meet in the distance events as well as the high jump. She has been a starter on the basketball team, and that athleticism is very exciting to see in a distance runner. She was a state champion this past fall in cross country and has great range on the track. Laney is tough and driven to be great, and I could not be more excited to see her career continue to progress at Minnesota."
Emma Spagnola, Aurora, Ill. (NLI)
Emma Spagnola is a standout hurdler and long jumper from Aurora, Ill., who has won six Illinois Class 3A state medals in track. She was the 2013 long jump state champion and wrapped up her junior season as the state runner-up in the 100m hurdles (14.16) and the 300m hurdles (42.98). Spagnola owns a personal best of 18-9 in long jump. Last summer, she was a two-time USATF All-American after finishing fourth in the 100m hurdles in 13.84 seconds and fifth in the 400m hurdles in 59.69.
Matt Bingle on Spagnola:
"Emma just fits with who we are here. She's a blue-collar kid who loves to work hard. She fits with the group we have. She and I had a good connection, and she had a good connection with our team. She comes from a really good family of hard-working people. I'm very excited to coach her and have her be a Gopher."