Feb. 28, 2014
GENEVA, Ohio – The Minnesota women's track and field team is in fifth place with 23.50 points at the conclusion of day one of the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute.
Michigan is in the lead with 38 points, followed by Indiana (35 points), Nebraska (30) and Penn State (28.50) ahead of the Gophers. Sixth-place Michigan State (21 points), Wisconsin (17), Purdue (16), Ohio State (10), Iowa (9) and Illinois (6) round out the day-one standings.
Day one action was highlighted by the Gophers scoring points in the pentathlon (9), 3,000-meter run finals (6), distance medley relay (5) and pole vault (3.50). Minnesota also advanced runners to Saturday's finals in the mile and 600-meter dash.
In total, the Gophers will have athletes competing in six events tomorrow: high jump, weight throw, mile, 600m, 5,000-meter run and 4x400-meter relay.
Two Gophers Score in Pentathlon
Minnesota scored nine points in the pentathlon led by junior Jess Herauf's runner-up finish with a career-best 4,054 points. Sophomore Alex Beckman also scored one point in the team standings, placing eighth with 3,641 points.
Herauf won the shot put (season-best 43-09.25, 13.34m) and the 800-meter run (2:15.43). She also posted a season-best in the high jump at 5-05.75 (1.67m) for fourth place en route to her runner-up pentathlon showing.
Alex Beckman took second in the shot put with a season-best throw of 41-02.50 (12.56m). She was also fifth in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.86 to secure her eighth-place finish.
Fellow Gopher pentathletes Audra Winter and Amanda Beckman finished ninth and 10th, respectively, just missing contributing to the team scoring. Winter scored 3,544 points after posting three career-bests in the 60m hurdles (8.88), 800m (2:33.82) and long jump (17-10.75, 5.45m). Meanwhile, Amanda Beckman scored 3,531 with three career-best marks in the shot put (37-08.75, 11.50m), 800m (2:32.05) and long jump (18-03, 5.56m).
All four Gopher pentathletes now rank among Minnesota's all-time top-10. Herauf improved her second-place mark by 46 points from 4,008 to her B1G total of 4,054, and Alex Beckman ranks sixth (3,669). Winter improved her mark in the Gopher all-time ranks as her 3,544 points puts her eighth all-time, while Amanda Beckman's 3,531 is good for ninth all-time.
Day One Event Finals
The finals in the 3,000-meter run, distance medley relay, pole vault, shot put and long jump were held Friday.
The Gophers earned six points in the 3,000-meter run as senior Laura Docherty and junior Molly Kayfes recorded career-best times. Docherty placed fifth in 9:22.16, and Kayfes was seventh in 9:24.67. Docherty's 9:22.16 trails only Megan Duwell (9:17.47) and Jamie Cheever (9:20.23) in the Gopher all-time ranks, and Kayfes climbed from ninth to fourth in the all-time ranks with her 9:24.67.
Redshirt sophomore Becca Dyson narrowly missed picking up points for the Gophers as she took ninth in a career-best 9:29.20 to rank eighth all-time in Minnesota program history. Fellow redshirt sophomore Kaila Urick came in 14th (9:41.20).
Minnesota picked up 3.50 points in the pole vault from junior Katie Murgic and sophomore Cami Gilson, who both improved on their B1G pole vault finishes from a year ago. Murgic took sixth at 13-01.50 (4.00m) and improved one place after finishing seventh in 2013, while Gilson cleared 12-11.50 (3.95m) for eighth and climbed two places from 10th last year.
Sophomore Lyndsey Thorpe and redshirt freshman Kailee Kamps led the Gophers in the shot put, placing 10th and 11th, respectively. Thorpe posted a throw of 46-07.25 (14.20m) while Kamps' best throw was 46-01.25 (14.05m). Sophomore Becci Osterdyk also competed. She recorded a mark of 43-06.50 (13.27m) on her final attempt after fouling on her first two attempts.
Junior Nicole Murphey took 16th in the long jump with a leap of 18-06.50 (5.65m).
Day One Preliminary Heats
Brooks posted the fastest 600m time to advance to Saturday's finals in a season-best 1:29.51, just 0.25 seconds off her career-best (1:29.51). She placed fifth in the 600m at the 2013 Big Ten indoor championships and was the B1G 600m runner-up as a freshman in 2010.
Mincke (4:47.11) and Dyson (4:47.17) both ran indoor career bests to advance to tomorrow's final of the mile as well.
Senior Megan Geyen and freshman Titania Markland just missed qualifying for the finals in the 400-meter dash. Geyen finished ninth in preliminaries in 54.99, and Markland was 10th in a career-best 55.03 – good for sixth all-time in Gopher history.
Redshirt freshman Erin Hawkins posted a career-best 24.71 in the 200-meter dash preliminaries and tied her career-best time in the 60-meter dash in 7.68 but did not advance to finals in either event.
Four Gophers competed in the 800-meter run preliminaries, led by junior Lauren Domski and senior Katie Hill in season-best times. Domski clocked in at 2:10.27 for 15th followed by Hill in 2:10.42 for 17th. Senior Cassy Opitz also posted a season-best 2:12.05 (19th), and senior Te'Shon Adderley finished in 2:18.61.
The B1G championship meet concludes Saturday, beginning with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 9 a.m. CT. The first women's event is high jump at 10 a.m. CT.
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