Jan. 25, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The Golden Gophers women's track and field team won the 2014 Jack Johnson Classic team title, highlighted by an individual title from senior Alena Brooks in the 800-meter run, at the U of M Fieldhouse this weekend.
Brooks earned the Gophers' lone individual title in the two-day meet, coming in first in Saturday's 800-meter dash in 2:08.16. Fellow senior Te'Shon Adderley and Lauren Domski also earned top-10 finishes with Adderley in fifth and Domski in ninth.
"Alena had another good weekend for us," director of Gopher women’s cross country and track and field Matt Bingle said. "She’s one of the top runners in the country in the 800m. She ran 53.20 or so in the 4x400m, too, so she had a good weekend.
"One of our goals during the indoor season was to win the Jack Johnson, so it was good to win and take care of that. I thought there were some good performances and some steps taken forward by lots of individuals, but we have to keep edging forward and take another step each week."
Minnesota scored 147.50 to finish first in its first scored meet of the season. The Gophers finished ahead of second-place Iowa (104.50), followed by North Dakota State (98), South Dakota (71) and Western Michigan (63) rounding out the top five in the 10-team meet.
Senior Laura Docherty (mile run) and sophomore Becca Dyson (3,000-meter run) each picked up runner-up finishes but scored 10 points for the Gophers since unattached athletes came in first overall in both events.
With a time of 4:53.35, Docherty paced a group of 11 Gophers in the top 20 of the mile and was joined by junior Molly Kayfes (sixth), senior Katie Moraczewski (eighth) and sophomore Kaila Urick (ninth) in scoring positions for Minnesota. Meanwhile, Dyson turned in a personal best time of 9:39.61 in the 3,000m and was joined by senior Maggie Bollig (fourth) and redshirt freshman Taylor Mikkalson (ninth) among the top-10 3,000m finishers.
Senior Megan Geyen led Minnesota's sprinters with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash (56.48) and a fifth-place showing in the 200-meter dash (25.22). Redshirt freshman Erin Hawkins came in fourth in the 60-meter dash (7.68) and sixth in the 200m (25.27), while junior Jessica Waldvogel was eighth in both the 200m and the 400m.
"All around, there were quite a few kids who did a really good job and took a step forward," Bingle said. "Most people did not take steps backward given the week of training we had and starting school for the semester, so I was pleased with that.
"The vaulters, it was good to see them have another strong meet, and our throwers definitely took another step this weekend. In the shot put, they’re inching their way forward, so I thought that was good."
The Gophers earned five top-eight finishes powered by four career-best performances in the seeded sections of the throwing events, led by sophomore Becci Osterdyk's third-place showing in shot put with a career-best throw of 47-09.75 (14.57m). Junior Devin Stanford led the Gophers in the weight throw in sixth place at 57-05.00 (17.50m).
Sophomore Lyndsey Thorpe posted career-bests in both shot put and weight throw. She took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 47-01.75 (14.37m) and came in eighth in the weight throw at 55-10.50 (17.03m). In addition, redshirt freshman Kailee Kamps took seventh in the shot put with a career-best mark of 45-11.75 (14.01m).
Redshirt freshman Audra Winter placed third in the pentathlon paced by second place finishes in the pentathlon shot put and the pentathlon high jump. She also took third in the pentathlon long jump, fourth in the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles and sixth in the pentathlon 800-meter run.
Minnesota came in second in the 4x400-meter relay, clocking in at 3:45.49. Meanwhile, first-place Iowa broke the Jack Johnson Classic meet record with its time of 3:43.46. The previous record of 3:45.03, also held by Iowa, was set in 2011.
Jack Johnson Classic records also fell in the 60-meter dash (Brittany Brown, Iowa, 7.43), 60-meter hurdles (Deborah John, unattached, 8.41), 400-meter dash (Ashley Tingelstad, North Dakota State, 55.87) and high jump (Megan Glisar, South Dakota, 6-00.00, 1.83m).
"We have to execute our race plans better and continue to work and improve technically in the field events, but this weekend was good," Bingle said. "It was a positive meet for us, and obviously we have a big meet ahead of us next weekend, too. It’s going to be similar to this weekend with a lot of schools and it's another scored meet, so it’s going to be important that we come at it."
The Gophers travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Bill Bergan Invitational next Friday and Saturday.
Jack Johnson Women's Team Standings
1) Minnesota, 147.50
2) Iowa, 104.50
3) North Dakota State, 98
4) South Dakota, 71
5) Western Michigan, 63
6) Northern Iowa, 52
7) South Florida, 50
8) Iowa Central CC, 31
9) South Dakota State, 24
10) Drake, 14
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