March 14, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Senior Alena Brooks advanced to the finals of the 800-meter run with the second-fastest time in the 800m semifinals held Friday night on day one of the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Brooks clocked a 2:06.25 to finish second in her heat. She led at the 600-meter mark, but Savannah Camacho of Oklahoma State, the overall semifinal winner, narrowly edged Brooks in 2:06.17. The four fastest semifinal times were recorded in Brooks' heat.
With her semifinal success, Brooks will race in Saturday evening's final at 8:30 p.m. CT.
"Alena did a good job tonight," director of women's track and field and cross country Matt Bingle said. "She competed well, ran smart and did what she needed to do to make it to the next phase. It was good and well deserved. I'm excited for her and Jess in the competition tomorrow."
Junior Jess Herauf is also representing the Gophers at the NCAA indoor championships, competing in the pentathlon on Saturday. The heptathlon and the pentathlon are the first events on Saturday, and the pentathlon begins with the 60-meter hurdles at noon CT.
Herauf is seeded 15th in the pentathlon with 4,054 points. Top-seeded Erica Bougard, a junior from Mississippi State, comes in with 4,458 points. Herauf joins Big Ten foes Deanna Latham of Wisconsin (fifth with 4,176 points) and Brittney Howell of Penn State (14th with 4,061 points).
Saturday's running events begin at 7 p.m. CT at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
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.