Gopher Track and Field's Recently-Crowned National Champion Reflects on Title

May 09, 2018 11:10 PM

Gopher senior Kaitlyn Long was down to her final throw in the preliminary round of the weighted throw event at the NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships. Needing a good throw to advance to the Finals, she came through.  In the Finals, once again down to her last throw, she unleashed a historic throw that put her in rare company among Gopher women's track and field athletes.

Click the video box on this page to see KSTP Sports' story on Kaitlyn Long's national championship at the 2018 NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships


Long's final throw of the competition put her in first place.  Having come through preliminaries in fifth place, she had to wait to see if any of the top four competitors could beat her distance.

They couldn't.

Long's throw made her just the second national champion ever for the Gopher women's track and field program.

The Cottage Grove, Wisconsin native won a pair of NCAA Division-II titles in the weighted throw at Winona State before transferring to Minnesota for her senior year.

She is redshirting this spring's outdoor season, but will compete in the hammer throw as a redshirt senior next spring.


Chris Long

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