Nielsen ninth for Big 10 champion Gophers


The No. 10 Minnesota women's track & field team won the program's third outdoor and seventh overall Big Ten Conference Track & Field Championship on Sunday. The Golden Gophers scored points in 15 of 21 possible events at the B1G Championship hosted by Indiana at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.

Contributing to the win was redshirt sophomore Shay Nielsen (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) with one of three top 10 Minnesota finishes in the shot put.

Behind Kiley Sabin's runner-up throw of 16.60m (54-05.50), Nayoka Clunis finished seventh with a throw of 15.92m (52-02.75). Nielsen advanced to finals and placed ninth at 15.69m (51-05.75).

The Gophers locked up the team title behind five points from sisters Bethany Hasz and Megan Hasz (Alexandria, Minn.) in the 5,000m run. Minnesota had a seven-point lead over runner-up Purdue with two events remaining, 129-122, and B. Hasz and M. Hasz extended the Gophers' lead to 12 points at 134-122 after the 5,000m. B. Hasz placed fifth in 16:47.61 while M. Hasz took eighth in 16:54.28 to give the Maroon & Gold an insurmountable lead heading into the 4x400m relay.

Minnesota led the team race throughout the meet, including holding a 46-point lead after two days and nine events scored. The field narrowed the Gophers' lead on day three, but the Maroon & Gold never trailed.