As she establishes herself as a winner at the University of Minnesota, freshman athlete Abigail Schaaffe has her eye on a new objective.

Schaaffe, 20, a graduate of St Mary’s High School in Jamaica, is coming off a three-gold medal performance on the NCAA Indoor circuit that already has her in the university’s record books.

Last Friday at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational at the University of Iowa, she won the 600m in 1:30.99, a top-six all-time performance for UM. Then, on Saturday, she clocked 55.53 to win the 400m. She was also a member of her school’s mile relay team that also won gold at the meet in 3:40.93.

Her wins helped UM women win the team title with 129.5 points ahead of Nebraska’s 91.

With those medals in the bag, she is now aiming for something greater at the Big 10 championships coming up on February 25.

“I want to run sub 1:30 by the Big Ten Championship,” she told Sportsmax earlier this week, “I aimed at it in my race last Friday but I’ll definitely be working towards it.”

The Kinesiology major believes breaking 1:30 is on the cards because of the speed at which she has been adjusting to running indoors and to living in Minnesota.

“Yes, it was challenging at first but as time progresses and I am constantly doing it I realize that I have adjusted so much better,” she said.

“My coach always compliments me on adjusting to the weather and my transition into their program so I think I am doing well in that aspect.”

In 2019, Schaaffe was third at the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships in Jamaica, in a personal best 2:08.83 behind standouts Charokee Young of Hydel High and Petersfield’s Shaquena Foote.

Source: Leighton Levy