Willis Wins Long Jump as Gophers Open Jack Johnson Classic
Jan. 18, 2013
Todea-Kay Willis leaped a season-best 19-6 1/4 (5.95m) to win the long jump for the second week in a row to highlight the Golden Gophers’ opening day of the Jack Johnson Classic. Competition began Friday afternoon at the Minnesota Fieldhouse and will continue all day Saturday.
Willis’ winning jump came on her first attempt in the final round. Chidera Obasih finished third. Stephanie Solfelt, second in the 5,000 meters (18:03), was the Gophers’ other top-three finisher on Friday.
Director of track and field/cross country Matt Bingle noted improvement by the pole vault group. Katie Murgic improved her mark from last week to 11-11 3/4 (3.65m) and finished fourth. Sara Tseng and Stephanie Oleson competed for the first time this season. Amanda and Alex Beckman made their debuts in the pentathlon, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively. Alex and Amanda posted a one-two finish in the shot put portion of the pentathlon.
“Overall, it was a good day,” Bingle said. “I’m excited to compete tomorrow and hopefully have a good day in front of our home crowd.”
The Gophers lead the meet with 56 points. Western Michigan (43) and South Dakota (42) round out the top three teams after the first day of action.
The Jack Johnson Classic will resume Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with heptathlon and field events. Running events begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue into the evening.