March 15, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sophomore Jess Herauf and senior Alena Brooks both earned All-American honors while representing the Golden Gopher women's track and field team at the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center this weekend.
Brooks picked up first-team All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter run, while Herauf earned second-team honors by placing ninth in the pentathlon.
"It was a good weekend for us," director of women's cross country and track and field Matt Bingle said. "I was really happy for Alena to be able to end her career on an All-American note, and Jess had an awesome day with three big PRs and over a 100-point PR in her overall score."
Herauf secured her ninth-place showing in the pentathlon with a career-best 4,172 points. Fueled by lifetime personal-best marks in the 60-meter hurdles (8.81), high jump (5-07, 1.70m) and long jump (19-4.25, 5.90m), Herauf improved her career best pentathlon score by 118 points.
Herauf took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 41-07 (12.67m). She also earned top-eight finishes in the 800-meter run, coming in seventh in 2:18.66, and the long jump, placing eighth. Georgia's Kendell Williams won the pentathlon with 4,635 points.
"Our goal for Jess was for her to finish higher than she was seeded, and she did that, going from 15th to ninth," Bingle said. "She just missed our school record competing against a really deep field. Overall, it was a great experience for Jess in only her sophomore year of eligibility. Hopefully she can use her experience at the meet, move forward and continue to improve."
Meanwhile, Brooks clocked a 2:08.31 in the 800-meter run finals on Saturday after advancing to the finals through Friday's semifinal heats. Oregon's Laura Roesler won the 800m in 2:03.85.
The Gophers kick off the 2014 outdoor track and field season at the TSU Relays, March 21-22, 2014, in Houston, Texas.
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