July 22, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. – Incoming Gopher freshman Agnes Esser will compete at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., this week, representing her home country of Canada in the discus. The meet will take place Tuesday through Sunday, and it features 1,546 athletes from around the world.
With over 175 IAAF member federations participating, the 2014 World Junior Championships will be one of the biggest age-group athletics events in history. Only athletes from ages 16-19 are allowed to compete in the event, and each country may only have two representatives in each event.
Esser enters the championships as Canada's top-ranked junior in the discus. With a personal-best mark of 168-8.75 (51.43m), Esser is seeded 18th of 34 throwers. Two preliminary rounds are set for Thursday morning with the discus final to follow on Friday evening. Esser will face competition from 25 different countries.
Earlier this month, Esser won the discus title at the 2014 Canadian Jr. Track & Field Championships with a throw of 46.32m. She finished second in the discus and third in the shot put at the same competition last year. Esser also placed fourth in the discus and fifth in shot put at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Columbia last August as well.
Esser will join the Gophers' track & field team this season from her hometown of McBride, British Columbia; she is a 2013 graduate of Francis Kelsey Secondary School in Mill Bay, British Columbia. Esser owns personal best marks of 168-8.75 (51.43m) in the discus and 46-5.75 (14.17m) in the shot put.
"We are extremely excited that Agnes chose the University of Minnesota to continue her athletic and academic lives," Gopher women's track & field assistant coach Peter Miller said. "Agnes is exactly the type of athlete and person that we want as a Gopher. 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."
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