Sophie Schmitz
Sophie  Schmitz


Willmar, Minn.

High School:
Willmar Senior HS



Gophers Host 2017 Home Finale

Ninety-seven runners competed in the 37th annual running of Rocky's Run on Sunday morning


Gophers Race at Blugold Invite

Abby Lange placed 11th to lead Minnesota at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational Friday evening


No. 19 Gophers Place Third at Griak

Madeline Strandemo finished 10th overall to lead the Gophers to a third-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday


Kohut-Jackson, Gophers Win at Oz Memorial

The Gophers took home the individual and team titles at the Oz Memorial Run Friday evening


2017 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2017 cross country season, racing unattached at five meets.

High School: A 2017 graduate of Willmar Senior High School • competed for coach Jerry Popp • seven-time letterwinner in cross country and track & field • six-time all-conference, four-time all-section, and 2016 all-state honoree in cross country • six-time cross country academic all-state honoree • three-time Nike Cross Nationals team qualifier, placing 14th in 2014, ninth in 2015, and fifth in 2016 • earned four top-three team finishes at Nike Cross Heartland Regional, including winning the team title as a junior and securing runner-up finishes as a senior and sophomore • four-time Minnesota Class AA State Cross Country Championship qualifier, placing 70th for 4K as a freshman (15:23.90), 45th for 4K as a sophomore (15:01.80), 31st for 5K as a junior (18:57.10), and 14th for 5K as a senior (18:58.20) • led Willmar to four-straight top-five team finishes at the Minnesota Class AA State Cross Country Championship, including back-to-back runner-up showings as a junior and senior • 2016 Central Lakes Conference champion (5K) • six-time all-conference, five-time all-section, and three-time all-state honoree in track & field • eight-time Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championships qualifier with appearances in the 400m (10th in 2014), 4x400m relay (13th in 2016, 12th in 2017), 800m (sixth in 2015, third in 2016, first in 2017), and 4x800m relay (fourth in 2016, 14th in 2017) • 800m state champion as a senior • led Willmar to back-to-back runner-up team showings at the Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championship as a junior and senior • seven-time Central Lakes Conference champion, winning the 400m in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and the 800m in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 • holds Willmar school records in the 4x800m relay and 800m • owns high school personal-best marks of 58.30 for 400m, 2:13.34 for 800m, 5:11.08 for 1600m, 12:08 for 3200m, 12:49.10 for 3K, and 18:00.08 for 5K.

Personal: Born August 28, 1998 • daughter of Paul and Regina Schmitz • has three siblings, Samuel, Claire, and Heidi • intends to study physiology • enjoys traveling, hiking, playing piano, singing, 3D art, and painting • National Honor Society member.


'U' Programs Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors

'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

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

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.

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