Gophers Check in at No. 11
May 16, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota women's track & field team slipped one place to No. 11 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week Seven National Team Computer Rankings after winning the 2018 Big Ten Conference Outdoor Championship last week.

No. 1 USC, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Texas A&M, and No. 5 Georgia make up the nation's top five teams after a week of conference championship action. Two teams represent the Big Ten Conference as No. 14 Purdue joins the Gophers among the top-25.

As of the week seven rankings, Minnesota is among the nation's top-10 teams in seven events: first in hammer throw, second in heptathlon, second in 400m hurdles, second in shot put, sixth in high jump, sixth in javelin, and ninth in 400m.

Led by Temi Ogunrinde's career-best throw of 67.45m (221-03) ranked sixth in the country, the Gophers lead the nation in the hammer throw with an average of 61.90m (203-01). Nayoka Clunis (64.26m, 210-10), Agnes Esser (63.62m, 208-08), and Nina Horvath (52.27m, 171-06) round out the top four Gophers in the event this season.

Minnesota is No. 2 in the country in the heptathlon with a 5,198 average. Ayesha Champagnie (5,821) leads the Gophers and ranks 10th in the nation while Ashley Ramacher (5,231), Sofie Albrechtsen (5,143), and Kayla Nelson (4,596) complete the nation’s second-ranked foursome.

The Gophers rank No. 2 in the nation in the 400m hurdles with an average time of 58.65 seconds. Emma Spagnola's Minnesota program record time of 56.79 seconds leads the team and ranks ninth in the country, followed by Rachel Schow (57.71), Lindsey Smits (59.89), and Erin Huls (1:00.21).

Minnesota also comes in at No. 2 in the nation in shot put led by Kiley Sabin, ranked 18th in the country with a Minnesota program record mark of 16.89m (55-05.00). Nayoka Clunis (16.04m, 52-07.50), Shay Nielsen (15.69m, 51-05.75), and Ayesha Champagnie (14.79m, 48-06.25) join Sabin to have the Gophers averaging 15.85m (52-00.25).

The Gophers' high jump corps of Ashley Ramacher (1.82m, 5-11.50), Heta Tuuri (1.82m, 5-11.50), Taylor Wiebke (1.75m, 5-08.75), and Sofie Albrechtsen (1.66m, 5-05.25) climbed one place to sixth in the nation with an average of 1.76m (5-09.25).

Minnesota climbed to sixth in the country in the javelin (47.67m, 156-05) led by the nation’s No. 5 performer Nicolle Murphy (56.17m, 184-03) and followed by Ayesha Champagnie (49.53m, 162-06), Ryan Crotty (43.08m, 141-04), and Hannah Arason (41.91m, 137-06).

Minnesota’s 400m dash squad comes in at No. 9 in the country with an average of 53.38 seconds. Titania Markland leads the way ranked 10th individually after clocking a time of 51.40 at the B1G Championship, followed by Emerald Egwim (51.82), Val Larson (54.61), and Sophia Anderson (55.67).

The No. 11 Minnesota women's track & field team is back in action at the 2018 NCAA West Prelim in Sacramento, Calif., next week.

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