Feb. 2, 2013
Three all-time top-10 performances highlighted the Minnesota women's track and field team's second and final day at the Meyo Invitational. The Golden Gophers' 800-meter and 3,000-meter runners stood out today in South Bend, Ind.
Alena Brooks finished second in the 800 meters in 2:06.24, the second-fastest time in school history. She finished behind only an Olympian, Geena Gall, and trails only Heather Dorniden in the Minnesota record books. Te'Shon Adderley also made the Gophers' top 10, finishing fourth in 2:08.60, good for eighth all-time.
Another pair of impressive races came in the 3,000m. Laura Docherty finished second in 9:28.45, No. 6 in Minnesota history. Docherty was about three seconds behind Michigan's Amanda Eccleston. Molly Kayfes finished third, just missing the top 10 in 9:32.02.
"Our 800 and 3K runners raced well today," director of track and field/cross country Matt Bingle said. "It was a good weekend overall. We had some good developmental breakthroughs. We have to turn around quickly for Iowa State next weekend and be ready to perform at a high level. We've had good practices, and we need to carry that over into competition."
Day One Highlights
A pair of season-best jumps and a relay win highlighted the Golden Gophers' first day at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational.
Melissa Flucke posted her best mark of the season, clearing 5-6 (1.68m) in the high jump to tie for eighth. Katie Murgic also had a season best, finishing fourth in pole vault with a mark of 12-7 1/2 (3.85m). Cami Gilson tied for seventh (3.70m).
The Gophers will compete next at the ISU Classic Feb. 8-9.
Gophers Earn Two Titles at Simpson College
Members of Minnesota's distance corps raced at the Kip Janvrin Open hosted by Simpson College Friday night.
Gophers Open Longhorn Invite in Hammer
Minnesota took the top four spots in the hammer throw to open the Longhorn Invitational, which continues Saturday.
Distance Gophers Open Competition at Drake
Minnesota's 4x1600m relay team placed sixth and Emily Betz took eighth in the 10,000m Thursday night.