Season Recap: A Look Back at the 2017 Season
July 16, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – As national and international competitions continue over the summer, GopherSports.com looks back at the University of Minnesota's 2017 indoor and outdoor women's track & field seasons.

Six Gophers Compete at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Six Gophers competed in five different events and four Gophers made their NCAA track & field championship debuts at the NCAA Outdoor Championship led by All-Americans Madeline Strandemo and Emma Spagnola. Strandemo placed ninth in the 3,000m steeplechase while Spagnola finished 16th in the 100m hurdles. 

Emerald Egwim (400m), Angie Guenther (hammer throw), Temi Ogunrinde (hammer throw), and Taylor Wiebke (high jump) all received All-America honorable mention for their performances at the national championship as well. Ogunrinde narrowly missed Second Team All-American with an 18th-place finish in hammer throw in her NCAA Championship debut. Egwim took 20th in the 400m while Guenther was 21st in hammer throw and Wiebke tied for 21st in high jump.

Oregon edged runner-up Georgia for the women's team title, 64-62.20. USC (43), Kentucky (40), and Florida (39) rounded out the top five teams at the NCAA Outdoor Championship.

Four Gophers Named Indoor All-Americans

Emerald Egwim (400m), Kimberly Golding (60m hurdles), Kiley Sabin (shot put), and Emma Spagnola (60m hurdles) all represented Minnesota at the NCAA Indoor Championship and went on to earn Second Team All-American honors. The team's four individual indoor qualifiers was the most since the program sent five individuals and a relay to the 2008 NCAA indoor meet.

Gophers Finish as B1G Outdoor Runners-Up

Minnesota finished as team runner-up at this year's B1G Outdoor Championship led by Big Ten champions Emerald Egwim (400m), Temi Ogunrinde (hammer throw), and Madeline Strandemo (3,000m steeplechase). Purdue took home the team title with 133 points, followed by the runner-up Gophers with 105.5 points. Penn State (101), Ohio State (84.5), and Michigan (79) rounded out the top five in the team race. The Gophers scored points in 14 different events at the meet.

Strandemo Wins B1G Mile Title

Minnesota finished fourth at the Big Ten Indoor Championship led by Madeline Strandemo's B1G title in the mile and Agnes Esser's runner-up showing in the weight throw. Double-digit points in the weight throw, 60-meter hurdles, and high jump propelled the Gophers to a fourth-place showing overall with 70 points in the team race. Penn State won the team title with 96.50 points, claiming a 2.50-point victory over runner-up Purdue (94 points). Ohio State (83), Minnesota (70), and Indiana (69) rounded out the top five teams.

Indoor Top-10 Records Fall 

The Gophers saw 20 performances land on the program's all-time indoor top-10 list with changes in 12 different events. Three Minnesota indoor program records fell, including Kiley Sabin's record-breaking performance in the shot put (17.17m, 56-04.00). Emerald Egwim improved on her own program record in the 400m dash (52.73), and Kimberly Golding and Emma Spagnola tied for the top 60m hurdles time in program history at 8.13 seconds. In addition, three Gophers posted the second-best marks in program history in four different events: Strandemo (mile, 4:38.88; 3,000m, 9:17.54); Taylor Wiebke (high jump, 1.79m, 5-10.50), and Esser (weight throw, 20.94m, 68-08.50).

Outdoor Program Records Fall

The Gophers recorded 22 all-time top-10 performances during the 2017 outdoor season, including record-breaking performances in six events from Emerald Egwim (400m, 51.99), Kimberly Golding (100m hurdles, 12.98) Madeline Strandemo (3,000m steeplechase, 9:51.83), Kiley Sabin (shot put, 16.65m, 54-07.50), Temi Ogunrinde (hammer throw, 64.01m, 210-00), and Taylor Wiebke (high jump, 1.85m, 6-00.75). Sixteen Gophers and two relay teams made improvements to the program's top-10 list in 12 different events.

Gophers Honored at 2017 Golden Goldys

The Gopher women’s track & field and cross country program was honored at the 2017 Golden Goldys athletic awards program. The program won Minnesota’s 2017 Team Community Service Award, the program’s sixth award in the last seven years, and averaged more than 50 volunteer hours per person.

In addition, Nicolle Murphy was awarded Minnesota’s Land O’Lakes Outstanding Achievement Award in Leadership and Service for her accomplishments in the areas of leadership and volunteerism. She has logged more than 140 volunteer hours.

Ogunrinde Named Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Honoree

Temi Ogunrinde joined men's basketball's Bakary Konaté to make up Minnesota's two recipients of the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Ogunrinde has embraced her transition from sprinter to thrower and saw her dedication earn her the Big Ten Conference title in the hammer throw - an event she only began competing in two years ago after coming to the University of Minnesota as a sprinter. She also qualified for the NCAA Championship and set Minnesota's program record in the hammer throw with a mark of 64.01m (210-00). Ogunrinde is a member of Minnesota's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) and represented the Gophers and the Big Ten Conference at the 2016 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. The Cottage Grove, Minn., native is an Entrepreneurial Management major in Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

Thirty Gophers Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

A total of 144 University of Minnesota student-athletes were honored by the Big Ten Conference as Academic All-Big Ten honorees for spring and at-large sports; women's track & field led the way with 30 honorees: Sofie Albrechtsen, Danielle Anderson, Emerald Egwim, Agnes Esser, Megan Flanagan, Cami Gilson, Kimberly Golding, Angie Guenther, Anne Haakenstad, Erin Hawkins, Erin Huls, Kat Keller, Lexi Kiefer, Macy Narr, Bailey Ness, Shay Nielsen, Patty O'Brien, Temi Ogunrinde, Naomi Ollila, Paige Peschel, Kiley Sabin, Rachel Schow, Lindsey Smits, Emma Spagnola, Madeline Strandemo, Heta Tuuri, Tess Wasowicz, Violet Weibel, Taylor Wiebke, and Shanique Wright.

Nine Honored as B1G Distinguished Scholars

Nine Gophers were honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars this season: Angie Guenther, Anne Haakenstad, Erin Hawkins, Patty O’Brien, Naomi Ollila, Lindsey Smits, Madeline Strandemo, Heta Tuuri, and Violet Weibel. Student-athletes must have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year in order to be eligible for the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award.

Newcomers Kick Off Careers

Twenty-three newcomers began their collegiate careers in 2017, including Brieasha Hobbs and Natalie Manders competing in uniform for Minnesota. Fellow freshmen Hannah Arason, Jane Baude, Meleah Biermaier, Jenna Conzemius, Ryan Crotty, Carissa Dock, Delaney Eigenberger, 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 also joined the Minnesota family.

2017 Senior Salute

Eighteen seniors completed their collegiate careers in 2017: Danielle Anderson, Caitlin Dillon, Megan Flanagan, Cami Gilson, Kimberly Golding, Angie Guenther, Anne Haakenstad, Erin Hawkins, Allie Heifort, Bolade Jinadu, Kailee Kamps, Kat Keller, Naomi Ollila, Carlin Schulz, Tess Wasowicz, Violet Weibel, Laura Werking, and Tayler Whittler.

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