MINNEAPOLIS – Temi Ogunrinde never expected to be competing in the hammer throw at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships later this week in Eugene, Oregon.

The Gophers redshirt sophomore has only been throwing the hammer since coming to the University of Minnesota in 2015. Temi was somewhat reluctant to make the switch to just throwing the hammer after being a sprinter during her high school career and early in her Gophers career but she did and it has paid off.

Gophers throws coach Peter Miller said, “She’s bought in and works hard. She’s put the effort in and she competes well. She’s not a kid who will train at one level and take a step back at competition.”

“I always have to work at something. I don’t think there is any such thing as a perfect thrower, because there’s always something to work on,” said Ogunrinde

This season she has improved her throwing distance by 38 feet and along the way won a Big 10 title and set a school record last month at the NCAA West Regional with a throw of 210 feet.

Ogunrinde will begin competition on Thursday along with her teammate Angie Guenther.