Feb. 19, 2014
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Redshirt freshman Thana Hussein and senior Jillian Johnson won their respective events as members of the Gopher women's track and field team competed at the St. Thomas Showcase Saturday.
Hussein won the 600-meter dash in 1:40.74, while Johnson led four Gophers in the 800-meter dash in a season-best 2:17.86, followed by redshirt freshman Kate Shelerud (second in 2:19.56), senior Jamie Vandenberg (fifth in 2:22.48) and junior Chelsea Pettit (eighth in 2:22.98).
Three Gophers earned runner-up finishes. Senior Akuoma Omeoga clocked a 7.82 for second place in the 60-meter dash, while sophomore Frances Conlin took second in the 400-meter dash in a season-best 59.26. Sophomore Hannah Trasser led three Gophers in the mile in second in a season-best 5:08.49, followed by redshirt freshman Caitlin Dillon (16th) and sophomore Lisa Bailey (18th).
Redshirt freshman Melissa Cabak led three Gophers in the 5,000-meter run with her season-best time of 18:18.62. Sophomore Rebecca Rethwisch was fifth in 18:49.17 in her first 5,000m of the season, and senior Stephanie Solfelt came in seventh in a season-best 18:50.97.
Minnesota hosts the annual Parents Day Invite at the U of M Fieldhouse this Saturday. The meet gets underway at 10 a.m.
The Gophers will honor their 21 seniors this Saturday: Te'Shon Adderley, Abby Anderson, Maggie Bollig, Alena Brooks, Kelli Budd, Ashlie Decker, Laura Docherty, Rachel Drake, Megan Geyen, Katie Hill, Jillian Johnson, Leighton Lerum, Katie Loberg, Kait Mincke, Katie Moraczewksi, Akouma Omeoga, Cassy Opitz, Morgan Sickels, Madison Smith, Steph Solfelt and Jamie Vandenberg.
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