Jan. 19, 2013
The Golden Gopher women’s track team claimed six event titles on Saturday on the way to a team win at Minnesota’s own Jack Johnson Classic. The Gophers also posted a myriad of personal records over the weekend.
Todea-Kay Willis won her second event of the weekend after winning the long jump on Friday. She ran a personal record time of 7.50 seconds in the 60-meter dash. She now ranks fifth in Gopher history in the event. Kylie Peterson was close behind in 7.59.
The sprints and jumps group added three more wins on Saturday. Sprinter/mid-distance runner Alena Brooks won the 600 meters with a time of 1:31.49. Bria Halama won the triple jump with a PR of 39-3 1/4 (11.97m). The Gophers’ “A” 4x400m relay, which included Brooks, finished off the meet with a win (3:47.48).
Christina DeLakis highlighted the throws on Saturday. She won the shot put with a season-best toss of 49-9 3/4 (15.18m). Devin Stanford (58-5 1/4) and Jeri-Johnson Chambers (57-7 3/4) set new PRs in finishing second and third in weight throw. Both rank in the Gophers' all-time top 10.
“I was really pleased about this weekend,” director of track and field/cross country Matt Bingle said. “Everyone competed well, and there were PRs across the board. But we can’t be satisfied. Everyone has plenty of things to fix going forward. We need to keep having a good attitude and working hard.”
Minnesota won the meet with 203 points. North Dakota State (135) and Western Michigan (128) finished second and third, respectively.
The Gophers will be back in action at Minnesota State Mankato on Jan. 25-26.
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