TAMPA, Fla. - The Minnesota women's track & field team won four events as the Golden Gophers wrapped up their spring break training trip on day two of the Bulls Invitational hosted by the University of South Florida at USF Track & Field Stadium on Saturday.
Taylor Wiebke (high jump), Rachel Schow (400-meter hurdles), and Kiley Sabin (shot put) won their respective individual events to lead Minnesota, and the Gophers 4x400-meter relay team of Sophia Anderson, Erin Huls, Bolade Jinadu, and Lindsey Smits also picked up a title on day two of the meet after the Gophers competed in the hammer throw, javelin, and long jump on day one Friday.
Wiebke's career-best mark of 1.80m (5-10.75) in the high jump was good for first place; she missed her first two attempts but cleared on her third try at 1.80m. With her performance, Wiebke climbed into a tie for second on Minnesota's all-time list with teammate Heta Tuuri, who finished third with a season-opening mark of 1.70m (5-07.00) at the Bulls Invitational.
Schow led three Gophers earning PRs as the top-three finishers of the 400m hurdles, clocking a time of 1:00.26 in her first outdoor meet competing in uniform for the Gophers. Huls, also making her official collegiate outdoor debut, was runner-up in 1:00.61, and Smits (1:03.15) took third.
Sabin and Shay Nielsen took the top two spots in the shot put as Sabin threw 15.74m (51-07.75) for the event crown while Nielsen posted a career-best mark of 14.46m (47-05.25) in her official collegiate outdoor debut. Allie Heifort (12.92m, 42-04.75) placed seventh as well.
Minnesota's 4x400m relay team recorded a time of 3:44.65 to secure the Gophers' fourth event crown of the meet and edge runner-up Indiana Tech, which ran 3:48.14 for second place.
The Gophers also placed three in the top six in the discus. Agnes Esser placed third (53.13m, 174-04) while Sabin threw a career-best mark of 51.37m (168-06), adding a fourth-place showing to her shot put title. Angie Guenther took sixth (49.53m, 162-06).
On the track, five Gophers competed in the 200-meter dash, led by Kat Keller placing ninth in 25.31 seconds. Anderson (25.37) and Jinadu (25.39) took 11th and 12th, respectively.
Gopher heptathletes Kayla Nelson and Sofie Albrechtsen both ran the 200m and the 100-meter hurdles after competing in the javelin and long jump on day one of the meet. Nelson clocked times of 25.64 in the 200m and 17.07 in the 100m hurdles while Albrechtsen posted times of 26.02 in the 200m and 16.06 in the 100m hurdles.
Up next for Minnesota is a trip to Raleigh, N.C., for the Raleigh Relays hosted by NC State next Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25.
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