Jan. 31, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Pentathletes Jess Herauf, Alex Beckman and Amanda Beckman led the Golden Gophers as the Minnesota women's track and field team wrapped up day one of the Bill Bergan Invitational at Iowa State's Lied Recreational Center on Friday.
Herauf placed third in the pentathlon, posting a personal-best 4,008 points to rank seventh in the NCAA this year and second all-time in Gopher program history. Alex Beckman placed fifth at the meet (3,669) and fifth among the Gopher all-time ranks, and Amanda Beckman was eighth at the meet (2,697).
Herauf used a win in the shot put (42-06.75, 12.97m) and second-place finishes in the 800-meter run (2:14.18) and the long jump to secure her third-place showing. Her 60-meter hurdles time (9.18) and long jump mark (18-07.00, 5.66m) were personal bests.
Alex Beckman finished third in the high jump (5-06.00, 1.68m), 60m hurdles (8.98) and the shot put (37-11.25, 11.56m). She also posted a personal-best jump in long jump (17-03.25, 5.26m). Meanwhile, Amanda Beckman recorded a season-best 60m hurdle time of 9.29 and took fifth in the shot put (35-02.00, 10.72m).
Along with the pentathlon finals, the event finals for women's long jump and weight throw were held Friday.
Redshirt freshman Audra Winter came in sixth in long jump, posting a leap of 17-5.50 (5.32m).
The Gophers placed four in the top 12 of the weight throw, led by junior Devin Stanford in fourth (57-07.75, 17.57m) and sophomore Lyndsey Thorpe in fifth (57-00.25, 17.38m). Freshmen Kailee Kamps (49-05.50, 15.07m) and Angie Guenther (49-04.50, 15.05m) were 10th and 12th, respectively.
Action continues at the Bill Bergan Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
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