Feb. 25, 2012
Minnesota wrapped up the final day of the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships by scoring points in three events this afternoon. The Gophers finished with 11 team points while host Nebraska won the team title after finishing with 114.50 points.
The Gophers finished the weekend with many personal- best times and solid performances across the board. Head coach Matt Bingle was happy that his team fought hard, but knows they have room to improve and will get better.
“The team gave a good effort this weekend,” Bingle said. “Obviously, we are not where we want to be, but we will learn from our mistakes, get back to work and work on the little things. We will be better in the outdoor season.”
Chimerem Okoroji and Kylie Peterson earned seven points for the Golden Gophers in the 60m today. Okoroji ran a lifetime best of 7.41, for fourth place overall. Peterson finished with a time of 7.53 for seventh place.
“Chimerem is our senior captain and she showed up this weekend,” Bingle said. “She set three new PR’s, twice in the 60m and once in the 200m (24.36). We couldn’t be happier for what she has done for our program.”
Heather Brunn clocked in at 2:11.71 in the 800m run. Brunn finished eighth overall to earn a team point for the Gophers.
Minnesota won’t compete until mid-March when the team travels to San Diego State University their annual spring break trip. The Gophers will train for a whole week and then compete for the first time outdoors at the end of the week.
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.