Emily Gapinski wins the 1000 on March 12 at the MIAC Championships in Northfield. (Nathan Lodermeier photo)
Senior All-America Emily Gapinski on Wednesday was named Central Region women's indoor track Runner of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.
Gapinski holds three indoor school records (800, 1000, mile) and is seeded second in the mile for this weekend's national meet in Grinnell, Iowa. She also will anchor the distance-medley relay Friday night.
Her wins in the 1000 and the mile at the MIAC Championships helped her team win its 17th consecutive title.
A two-time All-America and six-time MIAC individual champion indoors and outdoors, the Sheboygan, Wis., anchored the 2015 UST Tommies' distance medley relay to first place at nationals last March. She later won the same race as anchor at the Drake Relays in April, just the second Drake women's relays win by an MIAC team in 83 seasons.
Last May, Gapinski took second in the NCAA outdoor meet in the 1,500 in 4:26.70, the third fastest time in MIAC history.
She also ran in two NCAA cross country championship meets with St. Thomas, with a best of 95th at the 2015 nationals.
Gapinski is a candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-America with her racing accomplishments and her 3.76 grade-point average in Accounting. She has accepted a full-time job offer with a Big Four firm and will start after graduation.