Abby Lange placed 11th to lead Minnesota at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational Friday evening
High School: A 2017 graduate of Bloomington Jefferson High School where she competed for coaches Sean Faulk, Brian Melendez, Dusten Olejnicak, and Justin Lund • three-sport letterwinner, earning five letters in track & field, four in cross country, and three in soccer • two-time all-conference, two-time honorable mention all-conference, and 2016 all-section honoree in cross country • two-time Metro West Conference cross country team champions as a junior and senior • Section 3AA team runners-up as a senior • placed 86th at the Minnesota Class AA State Cross Country Championships as a senior, running 21:03.1 for 5K • four-time all-section, four-time all-conference, three-time all-state, and honorable mention all-conference honoree in track & field • eight-time Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championships qualifier with four appearances in the 800m, including placing eighth as a junior, three-top three showing in the 4x400m relay, and a fifth-place finish in the 4x800m relay as a junior • won state title in the 4x400m relay (3:57.90) as a senior after finishing as runners-up as a junior (3:55.01) and taking fourth as a sophomore (3:54.82) • two-time Metro West Conference track & field team champions as a junior and senior • six-time Metro West Conference champion in the 800m (2016, 2017), 4x400m relay (2015, 2016, and 2017), and 4x800m relay (2016) • holds Jefferson school records in the 800m, 4x200m relay, 4x400m relay, and 4x800m relay • owns high school personal-best marks of 2:13.5 in the 800m, 5:27.25 in the 1600m, and 59.06 in the 400m on the track and 19:21.00 for 5K in cross country • academic all-state honoree • 2017 Athena Award recipient.
Personal: Born January 30, 1999 • daughter of Paul and Kim Roach • has two siblings, Megan and Emily • intends to study business with a minor in Spanish • uncle Dan Roach ran cross country and track & field at the University of Minnesota • father Paul was a two-sport athlete at Hamline University in basketball and track & field • grandfather Jack Roach played tennis at Macalester College • enjoys spending time outdoors with friends, traveling, and being involved in her church youth group • National Honor Society member • honor graduate and AP Scholar in high school.
Gophers in the Polls: Oct. 18
The University of Minnesota continues to represent at a high level as multiple Golden Gopher teams achieved national rankings this week.
Groundbreaking for T&F Stadium Set for Friday
The University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics will break ground on the new outdoor track & field facility on Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. CT.
Gophers to Host Jack's Run
Join members of the Gopher women's cross country team at Jack's Twilight Run, an open six kilometer race, on Friday.