Women’s track team signs “best class ever”

Derek Wetmore

The women’s track team hasn’t completey filled out their recruiting class, but head coach Matt Bingle already feels confident that this is the “best class we’ever signed on paper.”

The women’s team added 13 members, three walk-ons and 10 to National Letters of Intent. Their class includes: Alexandra Beckman, Amanda Beckman, Elizabeth Berkholtz, Sashanavian Davis,  Jessica Herauf, Bria Halama, Chidera Obasih, Rebecca Osterdyk, Hannah Trasser, Kaila Urick and walk-ons Abbie Hohman, Anne Ferguson, Kelly Flynn.

Obasih was a nationally-recruited athlete out of Wisconsin. Her decision to sign with the Gophers was a big boost for the class, Bingle said.

Trasser is a highly-touted miler out of Brooklyn Center. Perhaps the biggest addition to the class are the Beckman sisters — twins — who Bingle said are two of the best female athletes in the state of Minnesota in any sport. In high school, they were active in all sorts of sports, so Bingle said they will likely become multi-event athletes, like the heptathlon.

Their father was the MVP of a Big Ten Championship basketball team with the Gophers and their mother was a gymnast at the ‘U’.

Herauf is out of North Dakota and will likely be an instant impact to the team. She was a No. 1 volleyball player in her high school days and she will be a heptathlete and javelin thrower, according to Bingle.

Oserdyk was the best senior thrower in Minnesota last year and Urick was the best senior distance runner, according to Bingle.

The head coach said he focussed mainly on bringing the best athletes he possibly could from the region regardless of their event or strengths.

While the recruits are not on campus yet, the women’s team will be on display Friday at the Snowshoe Open at the U of M Fieldhouse.