Cassy Opitz  
Cassy Opitz


Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School:
Eden Prairie HS


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2013 • Senior Season: Raced in five meets • finished second on the team at three meets • ran a career-best 21:42 at the open race of the Wisconsin adidas Invitational as Minnesota's second runner in 10th overall • finished second on the team (third overall) at Jack's Run in22:21.8 • took second on the team (seventh overall) at Rocky's Run in23:29 • posted a time of 22:37.34 as the third Gopher in14th overall at the Blugold Invitational • clocked in at 23:12.7 at the Griak Invitational.

2012 • Junior Season: Finished third at the Blugold Invitational with a season-best time of 21:47.92 • won Jack's Run (22:30.01) • top female finisher at Rocky's Run (22:44) • competed in six races overall • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2011 • Sophomore Season: Ran in seven meets • competed at the NCAA Championships, racing 22:18 • placed sixth among her Gopher teammates at the NCAA Midwest Regional in 22:30.67 • clocked a time of 21:51 at the Big Ten Championships as the team's seventh-best runner • raced her season-best time at the Wisconsin adidas Invite in 21:42 • ran 17:55.8 to finish tenth overall and seventh on the team at the SDSU Invite • raced the Roy Griak Invitational in 22:39.90 • finished the Oz Memorial in 22:58.78, placing ninth among the Gophers and ninth overall • received the team's Tough as Nails Award • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2010 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Posted her season-best time of 22:28.1 at the Pre-NCAA race • ran in six meets • received the team's Comeback of the Year Award • Academic All-Big Ten • letterwinner.

2009 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.

High School: A 2009 graduate of Eden Prairie High School • high school coach was Jeff Lindlief • the 2008 Minnesota Class AA state cross country champion, individual and team • runners-up in 2007 • placed 10th in 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals • three-time state track champion • won 2009 crown in 1600m (4:59.53) and earned titles in 3200 meters in 2008 and as a member of the 4x800-meter relay in 2007 • eight-time all-state honoree, three times in both cross country and track and twice in Nordic skiing • high school teammate of Megan Smith.

Personal: Born February 6, 1991 • given name is Cassandra • majored in public health, family social science and communications • going to graduate school for health and wellness - human resources • daughter of Kevin and Ann Opitz • has an older brother, Tyler.