Feb. 18, 2012
Minnesota took the top three spots in the 60m dash this afternoon. Chimerem Okoroji was the overall winner with at time of 7.50, which also set a new Parents Day Open record. Okoroji ran a season best 7.47 in the prelim session. Kylie Peterson was second (7.62) and Akuoma Omeoga (7.79) finished third for the Gophers.
Senior Claire Rindo wrapped up her indoor career at the UM Fieldhouse with a solid performance. Rindo ran a personal best time of 4:59.89 to bring home a title in the mile run for the Gophers. Fellow senior Mikaya Larson finished second with a time of 5:08.03.
In the 600m Madison Smith brought home a title after clocking in at 1:36.95. Jackie Forrest finished in fifth place with a time of 1:38.69.
Minnesota's Jamie Vandenberg won a title in the 1,000m after finishing with a time of 2:56.60. Her time set a new Parents Day Open record for the event. Bre Valle finished fourth overall at 2:59.90 and Michelle Volz took sixth with a time of 3:01.31.
The 3,000m saw Paige Orcutt take second place overall with a time of 10:05.30 for the Maroon and Gold.
In the field events Minnesota had a strong outing. Melissa Flucke and Rachel Melum went one-two in the high jump. Flucke cleared 1.65m (5-5) and Melum finished with a mark of 1.61m (5-3 ¼).
Minnesota will head down to Lincoln, NE next weekend to compete in the 2012 Big Ten Indoor championships. Action gets underway in Nebraska on Friday Feb. 24 at 10:50 a.m.
Eight Gophers Advance to NCAA Championship
Minnesota's eight NCAA Championship qualifiers matches the most in program history.
Seniors Lead Gophers' NCAA Qualifiers
Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship.
Day One NCAA West Prelim Action Postponed
Due to inclement weather, Thursday's competition at the NCAA West Prelim is postponed until Friday.