The Gophers host the Minnesota Qualifier on Saturday, May 12 at 4 p.m. at the Bierman Track and Field Stadium.
Review: Minnesota Open
At the Minnesota Open on Friday, May 4 at the Bierman Track and Field Stadium, the Gophers won 11 of 19 events, set two school records, set two stadium records and NCAA provisionally qualified two individuals.
Senior Elaine Eggleston (Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area) won the first 3,000-meter steeplechase ever ran at Bierman Stadium. Eggelston finished with a school record and an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 10:44.11.
Erica Findlay, a sophomore from Whitewater, Wis., set a Bierman Stadium and Minnesota school record in the pole vault with a height of 12-feet, 6-inches. The NCAA provisional qualifying mark broke the previous Bierman record set by Jennifer Bass of South Dakota State in 1999.
In the discus, senior Aubrey Schmitt (Hastings, Minn./Hastings) threw a season-best, NCAA provisional qualifying throw of 171-feet, 6- inches to take third in the event. In addition, Schmitt won the hammer throw in the meet with a throw of 177-10.
Newcomer Alean Frawley (Spring Lake Park, Minn./Spring Lake Park) threw a winning toss of 48-2 in the shot put to take first in the meet, placing her ninth on the school's top ten performers list.
Junior Jessica Shuster (Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Washburn) won the 200 and 400-meter dashes with times of 25.42 and 55.16 seconds, respectively. Shuster's time in the 400 is a season-best.
Review: Iowa MUSCO Twilight Invitational
Senior Aubrey Schmitt had another outstanding meet at the MUSCO Twilight Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, May 5.
Schmitt claimed three event titles by placing first in the discus, shot put and hammer throw. Schmitt won the shot put with a throw of 48- feet, 4.25-inches and the hammer throw with a toss of 172-1. The Hastings graduate set a meet record with her throw of 168-6 in the discus, an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Schmitt has previously provisionally qualified in all three events.
Corinne Nimtz, a senior from Eden Prairie, Minn., ran a season- best winning time of 9:49.75 in the 3,000-meter run.
Senior Amy Sas won the 5,000 with a time of 18:17.45.
Schmitt wins Big Ten Medal of Honor
Senior Aubrey Schmitt was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor for Minnesota Women's Athletics on Thursday, May 3 at the Patty Berg Award Banquet. The medal is given to the student-athlete that best demonstrates academic excellence, athletic achievement and leadership for their Big Ten school. Schmitt is a three-time All American and a five-time Big Ten champion.
The Minnesota women's track and field team has provisionally qualified seven times in six events for this year's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships in Eugene, Ore. on May 30-June 1. Though no member of the team has automatically qualified for nationals, Minnesota is in good shape for next week's Big Ten Championships at Bloomington, Ind.
The Gophers travel to Bloominton, Indiana for 2001 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday-Sunday, May 18-20 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.
Gophers Wrap Up USATF Championships
Ashley Ramacher, Taylor Wiebke, and alum Jamie Cheever competed on days two and three of the USATF Outdoor Junior and Senior Championships.
Murphy, Alums Compete at USATF Championships
Nicolle Murphy competed in her first meet in nearly an entire calendar year Thursday evening in Sacramento, Calif.
Walking on to Greatness: Madeline Strandemo
Gophers distance runner Madeline Strandemo shares her journey from walk-on to Big Ten champion.