March 30, 2013
Late Saturday night at the Stanford Invitational, junior Laura Docherty broke one of the longest standing University of Minnesota records by running a 33:24.93 in the 10,000 meters. A trio of other Golden Gophers followed suit as they also posted personal best times.
Docherty broke former Gopher Eileen Donaghy’s 10,000-meter record of 33:31.96, which was set in 1988. Donaghy’s record time was the second oldest Minnesota outdoor record behind Jane Oas’ 200-meter dash record set in 1976.
Fellow junior Katie Moraczewski also posted a personal best in Palo Alto, Ca. as she ran 10:23.55 in the steeplechase to eclipse her previous best time by nearly five seconds. It was the first time this season that Moraczewski has run the steeple.
Liz Berkholtz and Kelli Budd also competed in a race for the first time in this early 2013 outdoor season as they each ran the 5,000 meters. Berkholtz, who is a redshirt freshman from Sun Prairie, Wis., took third in their heat, while Budd, who is a junior from Omaha, Neb., ran a personal best in the event.
The foursome of Gophers are done competing for the weekend, but the rest of the Maroon & Gold squad continues competition today at the Arkansas Spring Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
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.