Gophers to host the Minnesota Open on Saturday

Athletics | 01/07/2022 14:35:00

MINNEAPOLIS – The Golden Gophers track team hosts the Minnesota Open for the first time in nearly two years on Saturday to resume the 2021-2022 indoor season at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse.

About the 2022 Minnesota Open
The Minnesota Open takes place this Saturday at the University of Minnesota’s Fieldhouse, which features a six-lane 200m track, completed in fall 2019 by Beynon. The field events begin at 11:00 a.m. CT with the men’s shot put and women’s pole vault. The running events start at 1:00 p.m. CT with the 60m hurdles preliminaries. Entrance to the meeting is free. All spectators must wear a mask and remain in the designated grandstand on the southwest side of the sports complex. No spectator will be allowed to circulate on the track. General parking will be available on the University Avenue ramp and the Washington Avenue ramp.

Last time: SDSU / Wooo Pig Classic Holiday Invitation
The Golden Gophers have won six event titles as the University of Minnesota track team opened the 2021-22 indoor season at the SDSU Holiday Open and Wooo Pig Classic. The highlight of the day came from Allison gerads who posted his third career pentathlon performance of over 4,000 points at the SDSU Holiday Open. Of the four Gophers who competed in the Wooo Pig Classic, it was Abby Kohut Jackson who set a personal best 10 seconds in the 3000m, taking fourth place in 9:10:04, a time that would qualify her for last year’s NCAA indoor championships.

2020 Minnesota Open rewind
The Gophers won 20 event titles at the 2020 Minnesota Open, including four competitive records. Both men and women won 10 event titles in 2020 led by Amira Young and Val Larson, who won individual events and was part of the winning Minnesota 4x400m relay team. On the men’s side Kaleb Siekmeier is a notable turner in this shot put competition, Siekmeier finished second in 2020 with a 20.61m (67-7) throw.

A look back at the 2020-21 indoor athletics season
The Gophers finished the 2020-21 indoor track season with 12 different All-America accolades with 10 different student-athletes winning the first or second team accolades. Minnesota’s best returning player is Bethany Hasz who was the NCAA indoor runner-up in the 5000m. The women’s program finished the competition in 24th place as a team. The 2020-21 All-Americans back for the Gophers are Amira Young, Allison gerads, Tess keyzer, Jayla campbell, Abigail Schaaffe, Val Larson and Janielle joseph. In addition to their national success, the Gophers are also the reigning Big Ten women’s indoor team champions. The women’s team returns 11 female student-athletes who won the Big Ten indoor titles last season.

A historical recap of the 2021 cross-country season
Led by two-time USTFCCCA Midwest Region Female Coach of the Year, Sarah hopkins and the Gopher cross-country ski program reached new heights this past cross-country ski season. Hopkins led the Gophers women’s team to their second-best NCAA Championship in program history, placing seventh overall in Tallahassee, Fla., Behind three All-American performances from Bethany Hasz (seventh), Megan Hasz (23rd) and Abby Kohut Jackson (39th). Hopkins led the Gophers to a number of tops during the 2021 season leading up to the National Championships, including winning tag team titles at all of the NCAA Midwestern Regional Championships, the Big Ten Conference Championships and the Roy Griak Invitational. Under Hopkins’ leadership, the Gophers have also seen a pair of individual Big Ten Championships over the past two seasons, with B. Hasz winning the title in 2020-21 and Mr. Hasz doing the same in the 2021 Big Ten Championships.

Upcoming: St. Thomas Open / Wisconsin Midwest Invitational
The Gophers will continue their indoor campaign over the weekend of January 14-15. The Gophers will have a group lead at the St. Thomas Open with a trip to the inaugural Wisconsin Midwest Invitational in Chicago at the new Track and Field Center in Gately Park, a 139,000 square foot facility with a 200m incline track.

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