Gophers to Host Parents Day Invite

Parents Day Invite
Date Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Location University of Minnesota Fieldhouse, Minneapolis, Minn.
Meet Info Home Meet Info | Schedule | Heat Sheets
Time 10 a.m. CT Field Events | 11 a.m. CT Running Events
Coverage Live Results | @GopherWCCTF | #Gophers

Feb. 13, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 11 Golden Gopher women's track & field team returns home to host its final home meet of the season. The Parents Day Invite is set for 10 a.m. CT Saturday at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse.

Last Time Out: ISU Classic, Music City Challenge, UST Showcase

Titania Markland won the 800m in a career-best 2:07.12 and Heta Tuuri and Taylor Wiebke tied for first in high jump (1.79m, 5-10.50) at Vanderbilt's Music City Challenge. Karlie Place was pole vault runner-up and Bethany Hasz broke Minnesota's program record in the 3,000m run with a time of 9:13.95 at the ISU Classic to lead the Gophers over the weekend. Minnesota also won five titles at the UST Showcase: Kelli Schmidt (600m), Paige Peschel (800m), Macy Narr (pole vault), Olivia Hummel (unattached, mile) and Tess Keyzers (unattached, shot put).

2017 Parents Day Invite Rewind

Minnesota swept the throwing events at the 2017 Parents Day Invite. Agnes Esser won the weight throw with then a career-best toss of 19.90m (65-3.50) to move into third among all-time Gophers while Kiley Sabin won her third shot put title of the season with a meet-record throw of 16.20m (53-01.75). Minnesota took home two more event crowns in the field events as Cami Gilson won the pole vault at 4.01m (13-01.75) and Taylor Wiebke won high jump with a meet-record mark of 1.75m, 5-08.75.

On the track, Haley Rasmussen won the 5,000-meter run to kick off the meet, clocking a first-place time of 18:36.54 while Bethany Hasz (mile, 4:50.61) and Titania Markland (600m, 1:32.46) also won their respective events while competing unattached. In total, four Parents Day Invite meet records fell: mile (Hasz), distance medley relay (Minnesota Duluth, 11:44.37), high jump (Wiebke), and shot put (Sabin).

Gophers Check in at No. 11

Minnesota slipped one place to No. 11 in the nation in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week Four National Team Computer Rankings. The Gophers' appearance in the top 10 last week was the program's first since the second week of the 2009 season. Minnesota remains the top-ranked Big Ten Conference team, ahead of No. 12 Michigan, No. 15 Purdue, and No. 21 Wisconsin.

Gophers Lead USTFCCCA Event Squad Rankings

Minnesota leads the nation in the weight throw, shot put, and pentathlon according to the USTFCCCA Event Squad Rankings, which calculate the best foursome in the country by event. In addition, the Gophers rank fourth in high jump, sixth in the 5,000m, and 11th in the 400m.

'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 2018

The Gophers have set new indoor program records in three events already this season: 3,000m (Bethany Hasz, 9:13.95), long jump (Ayesha Champagnie, 6.56m, 21-06.25), and weight throw (Kaitlyn Long, 22.74m, 74-07.25).

Up Next: Big Ten Indoor Championship

The 2018 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championship returns to SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, next Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24.

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