Jan. 14, 2012
Holiday Inn Invitational
Freshman Sasha Davis brought home a first place finish in the 200-meter dash this afternoon at the Holiday Inn Invitational. The Gophers concluded the final day of competition at the Devaney Sports Center where no team score was kept.
Davis time of 24.27 not only won her the title in the 200 meters, but is also the fourth fastest time in Gopher history and as of today is the 10th fastest time in the country. Nyoka Giles finished in second behind Davis with a time of 24.54. Chimerem Okoroji and Chidera Obasih rounded out the top five for Minnesota. Okoroji came in at 24.89 for fourth while Obasih ran a 25.29 for fifth place.
Madison Smith clocked in at 1:37.14 for a fifth place finish in the 600 meter run.
Minnesota had two 4x400 relay teams compete. The Gophers “B” group which consisted of Megan Geyen, Dahl, Obasih and Linnea Johnson finished second with a time of 3:49.02 and the “A” group of Giles, Leighton Lerum, Smith and Kelly Stalpes was right behind them at 3:50.26, for third place.
Melissa Flucke and Rachel Melum each had top five finishes in the high jump. Flucke cleared 1.65m (5-5), while Melum finished at 1.60m (5-3).
Becca Pilkerton cleared 3.70m (12-1 ½) to finish fifth in the pole vault for Minnesota.
Minnesota brought home five titles this afternoon at the Northwest Open. The meet was hosted by the Gophers at the UM Fieldhouse and no team score was kept.
DeLakis, who is a redshirt freshman for the Gophers landed a throw of 14.86m (48-9) in route to her first title as a Golden Gopher. Hahn was second with a toss of 14.64m (48 ½) and Caty Dongoske finished in fourth with a mark of 13.22m (43-4 ½).
In the weight throw Hahn earned a first place finish with a mark of 17.80m (58-4 ¾) and Jeri Johnson-Chambers took third with a toss of 16.39m (53-9 ¼).
Over to the track side of things the Gophers dominate in the distance races all afternoon. Kayfes finished with a winning time of 5:02.29 in the mile. Katie Moraczewski and Andrea Rediger, along with Kayfes, ran as a tight pack all race. Moraczewski took second at 5:02.93 and Rediger was third with at a time of 5:06.60.
Ritter flew around the track in the 1,200 meter race in route to her first place finish. Her time of 3:38.8 was a new school record for the junior. Heather Brunn and Katie Hill finished second and third respectively. Brunn clocked in at 3:41.47, while Hill came in at 3:41.74.
Minnesota will next host the Jack Johnson Classic next Friday and Saturday at the UM Fieldhouse. The pentathlon/heptathlon is schedule to start at 3 p.m. on Friday, beginning with the 60m hurdles.
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Esser Earns B1G Weekly Honors
The B1G leader in the discus, Agnes Esser is this week's Big Ten Conference Field Athlete of the Week.