|2014-15 Gopher Signees (Alphabetical)|
|Courtney Alama||Annandale, Minn.||Annandale HS||Distance|
|Jen Anderson||Green Bay, Wis.||Bay Port HS||Hurdles|
|Kate Bishop||Indianola, Iowa||Indianola HS||Distance|
|Madeline Brighouse Glueck||Madison, Wis.||Madison West HS||Distance|
|Emily Castanias||Carver, Minn.||Chanhassen HS||Distance|
|Molly Eastman||Victoria, Minn.||Holy Family Catholic HS||Distance|
|Emerald Egwim||Eagan, Minn.||Eagan HS||Sprints|
|Agnes Esser||McBride, B.C.||Francis Kelsey Secondary School||Throws|
|Tamara Gorman||Rapid City, S.D.||Stevens HS||Distance|
|Bolade Jinadu||Prior Lake, Minn.||Prior Lake HS||Sprints|
|Michaela Mayer||Sioux Falls, S.D.||Washington HS||Throws|
|Liz Miller||Watertown, Minn.||Watertown-Mayer HS||Distance|
|Macy Narr||Minnetonka, Minn.||Minnetonka HS||Pole Vault|
|Bailey Ness||Woodbury, Minn.||East Ridge HS||Distance|
|Patty O'Brien||St. Paul, Minn.||North St. Paul HS||Distance|
|Temi Ogunrinde||Cottage Grove, Minn.||Park HS||Multi|
|Paige Peschel||Westfield, Wis.||Westfield HS||Distance|
|Sarah Richardson||Kimberly, Wis.||Kimberly HS||Distance|
|Kiley Sabin||Slinger, Wis.||Slinger HS||Throws|
|Delaney Sinnen||Random Lake, Wis.||Random Lake HS||Distance|
|Lindsey Smits||Lakeville, Minn.||Lakeville North HS||Hurdles|
|Ellen Snyder||Hudson, Wis.||Hudson HS||Hurdles|
|Emma Spagnola||Aurora, Ill.||West Aurora HS||Hurdles|
Feb. 5, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The Golden Gopher women's cross country and track & field team is pleased to welcome its newest members as Feb. 5, 2014 marks National Signing Day. Minnesota's incoming class is listed below in alphabetical order.
Courtney Alama, Annandale, Minn. (Acceptance of Admission)
Courtney Alama joins the Gophers from Annandale High School. A four-time cross country state meet participant, Alama led the Cardinals to a first-place team showing at the 2013 Minnesota Class A State cross country meet with a fifth-place individual finish in 14:56. Alama's career-best times are 2:26 in the 800-meter dash, 5:12 in the 1,600-meter run, 11:33 in the 3,200-meter run and 14:46 in the 4,000-meter run. Entering her senior track and field season, Alama is a nine-time All-Wright County Conference honoree and a seven-time all-state honoree. She placed ninth in the 3,200m (11:34) and 14th in the 1,600m (5:29) at the Minnesota Class A state track and field meet as a junior.
Jennifer Anderson, Green Bay, Wis. (Acceptance of Admission)
Jen 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."
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."
Madeline Brighouse Glueck, Madison, Wis.
Madeline Brighouse Glueck joins the Gophers from Madison West High School. A four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track & field, Brighouse Glueck was a two-time state qualifier in cross country, finishing 54th as a sophomore and 36th as a junior to help Madison West to third-place team finishes both years. Brighouse Glueck is the daughter of Harry Brighouse and Lynn Glueck, and she intends to major in sociology at the University of Minnesota.
Emily Castanias, Carver, Minn. (NLI)
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!"
Molly Eastman, Victoria, Minn. (Acceptance of Admission)
Molly Eastman joins the Gophers from Holy Family Catholic High School, competing in the Minnesota River Conference and the Wright County Conference. A two-time all-state honoree, Eastman helped Holy Family to the Minnesota Class A State cross country meet as a freshman and a senior, leading the team to a fifth-place team showing with a 12th-place individual finish (15:19) in 2013. On the track in the 3,200-meter run, Eastman was the section champion as a freshman and the Minnesota River Conference champion as a sophomore. She also ran on Holy Family's section champion 4x800-meter relay team as a sophomore and the Wright County Conference 4x800m relay championship team as a junior. Eastman is also a four-year letterwinner in Nordic skiing.
Emerald Egwim, Eagan, Minn. (Acceptance of Admission)
A 2014 graduate of Eagan High School, Emerald Egwim was a two-time all-state honoree and a nine-time Minnesota State Class AA state meet participant in the 100m, 200m, 4x200m and 4x400m for the Wildcats. She was a 14-time South Suburban Conference champion from 2009 to 2014 and holds Eagan school records in the 200m and 4x400m relay.
Agnes Esser, McBride, British Columbia
Agnes Esser is a 2013 graduate of Francis Kelsey Secondary School in Mill Bay, British Columbia. She finished second in the discus and third in the shot put at the Canadian Junior Championships in 2013. Esser then went on to place fourth in the discus and fifth in shot put at the Pan American Junior Championships in Columbia last August. Esser owns personal best marks of 163-2 in the discus and 46-06 in the shot put. She is currently the No. 1 junior in Canada for the discus and has already thrown the IAAF world junior championship's qualifying standard. Esser hopes to compete for Team Canada at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., this July. At the University of Minnesota, Esser is interested in studying psychology and art.
Peter Miller on Esser:
"We are extremely excited that Agnes chose the University of Minnesota to continue her athletic and academic lives. She is exactly the type of athlete and person that we want as a Gopher. She first picked up a discus less than three years ago and has already proven she can compete on an international stage. We believe that she can come to Minnesota and make an immediate impact for us at both the Big Ten and NCAA level in multiple events."
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."
Bolade Jinadu, Prior Lake, Minn. (Acceptance of Admission)
Bolade Jinadu joins the Gophers as a sprinter from Prior Lake High School. She owns personal-best marks of 26.30 in the 200-meter dash and 61.18 in the 400-meter dash. An all-state and All-South Suburban Conference honoree as a junior, Jinadu ran on the Lakers' Minnesota Class AA state champion 4x200-meter relay team (1:42.54). She also anchored Prior Lake's fifth-place 4x400-meter relay team (3:58.51) and seventh-place 4x100-meter relay team (49.44) to help the Lakers to a third-place team finish at the 2013 state meet.
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!"
Liz Miller, Watertown, Minn. (Acceptance of Admission)
Liz Miller joins the Gophers from Watertown-Mayer High School. She is a three-time Minnesota Class A state cross country meet participant and a three-time All-Minnesota River Conference honoree in cross country. Miller owns career bests of 16.67 (100m hurdles), 47.8 (300m hurdles), 2:14 (800m), 5:08 (1,600m) and 15:05 (4,000m). As a sophomore, Miller ran on Watertown-Mayer's state champion 4x800-meter relay team (9:31). She has also competed in the Minnesota Class A state championship in the 1,600-meter run, taking fourth as a junior and 11th as a freshman, and the 300-meter hurdles as a freshman. Miller also played volleyball as a freshman and was a three-year letterwinner in basketball for Watertown-Mayer.
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."
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."
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!"
Sarah Richardson, Kimberly, Wis. (Acceptance of Admission)
Sarah Richardson joins the Gophers from Kimberly High School. A four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track & field, she earned all-conference honors in cross country and track as a senior. She owns the Kimberly school record in the 3,200m and was the 3,200m Fox Valley Association champion along with finishing 10th in the 1,600m and fourth in the 3,200m at the 2014 Wisconsin Division 1 state track & field championships as a senior. She is the daughter of Bill and Kathy Richardson and intends to major in industrial psychology.
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."
Lindsey Smits, Lakeville, Minn. (Acceptance of Admission)
Lindsey Smits, a hurdler from Lakeville North High School, is set to join the Gophers. As a junior, she finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (15.37) and competed in the triple jump (33-10.75) at the 2013 Minnesota Class AA state track and field meet. A two-time All-South Suburban Conference honoree, Smits owns career-best marks of 15.23 in the 100-meter hurdles, 46.13 in the 300-meter hurdles and 35-02.75 in the triple jump. She also is active Nordic skiing, club soccer and National Honor Society; Smits is a two-time academic all-state honoree and intends to study biology.
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."
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."
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