Jan. 24, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Five Gophers earned top-five finishes led by junior Katie Murgic's third-place showing in pole vault as the University of Minnesota women's track and field team competed in the first day of the Jack Johnson Classic at the U of M Fieldhouse Friday evening.
Murgic and sophomore Cami Gilson followed up their career-best performances at the Northwest Open (13-1 1/2, 4.00m) with top-five finishes this weekend. Murgic took third and Gilson was fifth, as both cleared 12-10.00 (3.91 meters).
Three Gophers earned top-10 finishes in the 200-meter dash, led by senior Megan Geyen in 25.22 for fifth place. Redshirt freshman Erin Hawkins was sixth (25.27) and junior Jessica Waldvogel came in eighth (25.59).
After the first day of competition at the Jack Johnson Classic, Minnesota is in second place with 39 points. South Dakota leads the team standings with 49 points, and South Florida is third with 32 points.
Action continues at the Jack Johnson Classic on Saturday, beginning with field events at 10 a.m. Running events get underway with heat two of the women's 3,000-meter run at 10:20 a.m.
About the Jack Johnson Classic
Minnesota's annual Jack Johnson Classic honors the memory of Jack Johnson, who passed away in February 2006 after serving for more than three decades as a Gopher equipment manager. Johnson will always be a part of the Minnesota women's cross country and track programs.
During the Jack Johnson Classic, the Gophers are collecting donations to the University of Minnesota's first annual Unlimited Dance Marathon, set for Feb. 22-23. The 12-hour event is designed to raise funds and awareness for the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. It is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric health issues. All donations collected at the Jack Johnson Classic will be donated to the Unlimited Dance Marathon in honor of Jack Johnson.
Gophers Earn Two Third-Place Finishes
Minnesota wrapped up competition at the Raleigh Relays with a pair of third-place finishes in the 800m and 4x800m relay on Saturday.
Gophers Kick Off Raleigh Relays
Madeline Strandemo won the 3,000m steeplechase in a meet record time to lead the Gophers on day one at the Raleigh Relays.
B1G Honors Wiebke with Weekly Award
Taylor Wiebke is the Big Ten Conference leader in the high jump after clearing 1.80m (5-10.75) last weekend.