March 30, 2013
The University of Minnesota women’s track and field team impressed at the Arkansas Spring Invitational as they claimed first place in six separate events. Three of the Golden Gophers’ first places came in middle distance races.
"We performed well as a team and took first in a lot of events," said Director of Women's Track and Field/Cross Country, Matt Bingle. " We still have a lot of work that needs to be done, so I'm excited to get home and begin training again next week."
Senior Alena Brooks nabbed two first places in Lafayette, Ark. As she won the 400-meter dash and was the second leg on the 4x400-meter relay, which ran a season-best time of 3:42.14.
Te’Shon Adderley, Megan Geyen and Jessica Waldvogel teamed up with Brooks on the first place relay.
Adderley also added an individual crown at the meet as she won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.36. Junior Katie Hill followed closely and took third in the event.
The Gophers took the top three spots in the rare 3,000-meter run as Becca Dyson, Maggie Bollig and Missa Varpness finished in order.
Minnesota also hoarded four of the top eight spots in the 1,500-meter run with Ashlie Decker taking first place. Kaitlin Mincke and Cassy Opitz came in third and fourth, while Jamie Vandenburg took eighth, respectively.
Todea-Kay Willis had a successful day on the track as well, as she took first in the long jump with a leap of 6.17m/20-3 and also set a personal best mark in the 100-meter dash of 11.78. Her 100m time, which claimed third at the meet, now ranks seventh all-time in Minnesota history.
Devin Stanford, who set a personal-best mark in the hammer last night, topped another previous mark of her own as she tossed the discus 49.08m/161-00. The hurl was good enough to place her fourth among the field, respectively.
The Maroon & Gold head for the south again next weekend as they compete at the Alabama Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
"Hopefully, we can get outside this week to prepare for Alabama next weekend and smooth some things out."
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.