After the completion of the NCAA West Preliminary events this past weekend in Sacramento, fourteen members of the Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s track and field team and three from the men’s team will be advancing to Eugene Oregon for the NCAA Track and Field Championships June 6-9.
Competitors had to finish in the top 12 of their events in Sacramento to advance to the NCAA Championships. The top-12 from the West Preliminary will join the top 12 from the East Preliminaries to form the 24 athlete championship field.
Advancing for the Gopher women are:
Emma Spagnola, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles
Temi Ogunrinde, hammer throw
Nicolle Murphy, javelin
Madeline Strandemo, 3,000m steeplechase
Emerald Egwim, 400m
Kiley Sabin, shot put
Heta Tuuri, high jump
Agnes Esser, discus
Titania Markland, 400m
Ashley Ramacher, high jump
Nayoka Clunis, hammer throw
Ayesha Champagnie, heptathlon
Advancing for the Gopher men are:
Ryan Lockhard, high jump
Kieran McKeag, hammer throw
Obsa Ali, 3,000 steeplechase
Ali ran the fastest time at either preliminary in setting the Minnesota program record and comes into the NCAA Championships as the top seeded runner.
The women will have a slight chance at an overall NCAA title. They come into the NCAA Championships with the third highest total of athletes of any school in the country.
#NCAATF Unofficial women's team leaders in final-site entries:@USC_Track_Field-19@OregonTF-19@GopherWCCTF-14@GatorsTF-13@UGATrack-13@KentuckyTrack-12@StanfordXCTF-12@aggietrk-12@LSUTrackField-11@Vol_Track-11@TexasTFXC-11— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) May 27, 2018
3 more tied-10
The top 8 finishers in each competition earn First Team All-American honors. Finishers 9-16 are second team All-Americans.