Madeline Strandemo, Bethany Hasz, and Megan Hasz were named co-MVPs of the Gophers' 2017 season
Minnesota placed second in the team standings behind Madeline Strandemo's individual runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championship
Minnesota placed three runners among the top 25 en route to a top-10 team showing in Madison, Wis., on Friday
Bethany Hasz, Madeline Strandemo, and Megan Hasz led Minnesota at the Greater Louisville Classic 5K Saturday
Madeline Strandemo finished 10th overall to lead the Gophers to a third-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday
2017 • Junior Season: Ran five races • finished among the top nine Gophers at all five meets • finished 87th overall as the ninth Gopher at the Big Ten Championship (22:40.7) • ran a season-best 6K time of 21:38.6 at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invite, placing 141st overall as the fifth Gopher • ran a season-best 5K time of 18:02.97 at the Greater Louisville Classic, placing 113th overall as the ninth Gopher.
2016 • Sophomore Season: Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran in six meets this season • finished among the top seven Gophers at all six meets • recorded a personal-best 6K time of 21:20.9 at the NCAA Midwest Regional, placing 53rd overall at the fifth Gopher • ran a career-best 5K time of 17:49.3 at the Notre Dame Invitational • led Minnesota in the open race at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in 11th place overall (21:45.1) • finished 48th overall as the sixth Gopher at the B1G Championship • ended the season ranked 37th on Minnesota’s all-time top-50 6K performers list (21:20.9).
2015 • Freshman Season: Ran unattached at two races before making collegiate debut at the Greater Louisville Classic 5K, placing 92nd as the sixth Gopher in 18:03.7 • ran a seaeson-best 21:25.8 as the seventh Gopher in 51st place overall at the Big Ten Championship • finished as the seventh Gopher in 160th overall at Wisconsin adidas Invitational (21:32.6) • placed 63rd as the sixth Gopher at the Midwest Regional in her NCAA debut (21:39.6) • finished sixth on the team in 219th overall in her NCAA Championship debut (21:55.8) • ran seven races total.
High School: A 2015 graduate of East Ridge High School where she ran for coaches Chad Cronin and Lloyd Ness • a 12-time athletic letterwinner for the Raptors, including five letters in cross country, four in track & field and three in Nordic skiing • led East Ridge to five-straight top-eight team finishes at the Minnesota Class AA State Cross Country Championship, including a runner-up team showing as a junior • earned two top-10 individual showings at the state cross country meet, placing fifth in 14:30 as a junior and finishing ninth in 14:19 as a senior • two-time section champion in cross country • three-time all-state honoree in cross country • team placed 19th at 2013 Nike Cross Nationals after earning a national berth with a runner-up showing at the Nike Cross Heartland Regional • placed 15th individually at the Nike Cross Heartland Regional in 2013 • individually placed 10th and finished fifth as a team at the 2014 Nike Cross Heartland Regional • four-time All-Suburban East Conference honoree in both cross country and track & field • earned all-state honors on the track in 2012 and 2015 • four-time Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championship participant, including placing ninth in the 3,200m and 15th in the 4x800m relay as a senior • 4x800m relay finished fifth as a freshman • Suburban East Conference champion in the 3,200m and took 12th in the 3,200m (10:59) at the state meet as a sophomore • owns high school personal best times of 2:21 in the 800m, 5:18 in the 1,600m, 10:59 in the 3,200m on the track • holds East Ridge High School cross country record in the 5k at 18:02 • academic all-state honoree.
Personal: Born February 28, 1997 • daughter of Carolyn and Denny Betz • has two siblings, Anna and Peter • Elementary Education major • high school teammates with current Gopher teammates Bailey Ness and Olivia Hummel • enjoys reading, Nordic skiing, spending time with friends, and traveling • honor roll student at East Ridge High School • National Honor Society member.
|Betz's Postseason Appearances|
|Year||Big Tens||Midwest Regional||NCAA Championship|
|2015||51st, 21:25.8||63rd, 21:39.6||219th, 21:55.8|
|2016||48th, 22:31.8||53rd, 21:20.9||DNC|
'U' Programs Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors
2/9/2018 - W. Cross Country
Both programs were among the best in the Big Ten with the women pacing the conference and the men ranking second.
Gophers to Host Summer Camps
2/4/2018 - W. Cross Country
Registration is now open for the 2018 Minnesota Track & Field and Cross Country youth camps on July 15-19, 2018.
Gophers Hand Out Annual Team Awards
12/11/2017 - W. Cross Country
Madeline Strandemo, Bethany Hasz, and Megan Hasz were named co-MVPs of the Gophers' 2017 season.