Gophers women win 2021 Big Ten indoor track and field championships

Eight first-place finishes carried the Gophers women’s track and field team to its first Big Ten title since 2018.

Bethany and Megan Hasz run side by side at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.  The Hasz twins finished first and second overall for Gopher womens cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational.

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Bethany and Megan Hasz run side by side at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. The Hasz twins finished first and second overall for Gopher women’s cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational.

Nolan O'Hara, Sports Editor

The Gophers women’s track and field team cruised to a first-place finish at the Big Ten indoor track and field championships, scoring 138 team points in the three-day event.

Minnesota was dominant over the three-day period en route to its fifth indoor title and first since 2018. The Gophers were 58 points ahead of runner-up Michigan, who finished with 80 team points. Minnesota saw eight first place finishes, led by a pair from junior Amira Young, who finished first in both the 60 meter and 200 meter events.

Abigail Schaaffe notched the top-spot in the 600 meter and was a member of Minnesota’s 4-by-400 meter relay team along with Jayla Campbell, Janielle Josephs and Val Larson that also earned a first-place finish at the event. Larson also trailed right behind Schaaffe in the 600 meter, finishing in second in the event.

Coming off a Big Ten cross country title just over a month ago, redshirt senior Bethany Hasz continued her dominant streak, earning the top-spot once again in the 3,000 meter. Allison Gerads and Tess Keyzers also reached top finishes in the pentathlon and weight throw respectively.

Rounding out Minnesota’s first place finishes were Larson, Anastasia Korzenowski, Libby Halbmaier and Abby Kohut-Jackson, who won the distance medley relay.

Now with a Big Ten title under their belts, the Gophers will turn their attention to the NCAA indoor track and field championships on March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.