Minnesota celebrated the 2016 cross country season with its annual team awards banquet Sunday
Minnesota wrapped up the 2016 season with Madeline Strandemo representing the team at the NCAA Championship
Minnesota earned a fourth-place team finish at the Big Ten Cross Country Championship Sunday morning
The Big Ten Conference honors Molly Eastman after she won the individual crown at Jack's Twilight Run last Friday
Minnesota hosts the Big Ten Cross Country Championship at Les Bolstad this Sunday
2016 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Competed in six meets this season • finished among Minnesota’s top 12 at all six meets • named Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Week after winning Jack’s Twilight Run in a 6K personal-best time of 21:32.6 • ran a career-best 5K of 18:06.1 at the Notre Dame Invitational, placing 13th in the open race • made B1G Championships debut, placing 72nd as the eighth Gopher in 22:58.4 • served as an alternate for the NCAA Midwest Regional • ended the season ranked 43rd on Minnesota’s all-time top-50 6K performers list (21:32.6).
2015 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran six races • ran a career-best 22:30.21 to lead the Gophers and place 10th overall at the Tori Neubauer Invitational • finished second on the team and 17th overall at the Blugold Invitational (23:03.8) • finished 38th overall as the seventh female finisher at Jack’s Run (23:43.8) • took sixth overall as the second Gopher at Rocky’s Run (23:43.5).
2014 • Freshman Season: Competed in five races as an unattached runner.
High School: A 2014 graduate of Holy Family Catholic High School • four-time state qualifier in cross country, including a 12th-place finish at the 2013 Minnesota Class A state cross country championship • two-time all-state and three-time all-conference cross country runner • three-time state qualifier, including two appearances in the 4x800m relay with a state runner-up finish at the 2014 Minnesota Class A state track & field championship in a Holy Family school record 9:32.16 • took seventh in the 3,200m at the state meet as a freshman • two-time all-state honoree and four-time all-conference honoree on the track • academic all-state honoree in both cross country and track & field • also a four-year letterwinner and team captain in Nordic skiing in high school.
Personal: Born May 4, 1996 • daughter of Patrick and Lee Anne Eastman • has one younger sister, Maria • mother, Lee Anne, competed in cross country and track & field and the University of Minnesota Duluth • enjoys cooking, Nordic skiing and horseback riding • majoring in food science.
|Eastman's Postseason Appearances|
|Year||Big Tens||Midwest Regional||NCAA Championship|
Gophers Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children
The Gophers took a team outing to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children during winter break.
Distance Gophers Set for Track
Coach Sarah Hopkins previews the distance squad as the Gophers prepare to kick off the 2017 track & field season.
Faces of the Big Ten: Madeline Strandemo
The Gophers cross country and track & field student-athlete is featured in this year's Faces of the Big Ten campaign.