April 4, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – The Golden Gopher women's track and field team won nine event titles en route to claiming the team title at the 2014 USF Collegiate hosted by the University of South Florida, Friday afternoon.
Minnesota won the meet with 205 points, edging second-place Kennesaw State (192) by 13 points. Host South Florida (159.50) and Cincinnati (113.50) rounded out the team standings.
The Gopher sprinters and field event specialists combined for nine titles. Erin Hawkins (100m), Te'Shon Adderley (800m), Frances Conlin (400m hurdles) and the 4x400-meter relay team picked up wins on the track.
Four different throwers won their respective events in Devin Stanford (hammer throw), Nicolle Murphy (javelin), Kailee Kamps (shot put) and Angie Guenther (discus), and Katie Murgic won the pole vault.
"It was great to win the team title, knowing we didn't have the complete team here with us as the distance runners are competing at Stanford," director of women's cross country and track and field Matt Bingle said. "We had a lot of good performances, but we still have a lot of work to do. We had good team energy today."
The Gopher sprinters picked up five top-five finishes. Hawkins won the 100-meter dash in a career-best 11.78 to rank eighth in the Gopher all-time ranks, and Megan Geyen came in second in the 400-meter dash in 54.53. Jessica Waldvogel placed fourth in both the 200-meter dash (24.79) and the 400m (56.40). Akuoma Omeoga took fifth in the 100m in 11.94 as well.
Also on the track, Adderley won the 800-meter dash in 2:10.19, followed by Anne Ferguson in second in 2:12.81, and Conlin won the 400-meter hurdles in a career-best 60.76.
The Gophers' 4x400-meter relay team of Titania Markland, Adderley, Conlin and Hawkins placed first in 3:45.00, and Minnesota came in second in the 4x100-meter relay as Geyen, Hawkins, Omeoga and Waldvogel clocked a season-best 46.07.
Minnesota's throwers led the way in the field events, combining to win all four events and significantly contribute to the Gophers' point total with 12 top-five finishes.
The Gophers earned four of the top five places in the hammer throw. Behind Stanford's first-place showing (184-00, 56.09m), Lyndsey Thorpe was second to rank ninth on the Gophers' all-time list (career-best 183-09, 56.02m), Guenther was third (career-best 160-09, 49.00m) and Kamps was fifth (159-06, 48.62m).
Minnesota also took three of the top five places in the shot put, led by Kamps' career-best first-place toss of 49-00.25 (14.94m). Becci Osterdyk was third at 46-03.50 (14.11m), and Thorpe took fifth (44-07.00, 13.59m).
Guenther led the way in the discus with her first win of the outdoor season at a career-best 160-08 (48.98m). Stanford placed third (159-08, 48.66m), and Megan Petermann was fifth (150-11, 46.01m).
Jess Herauf joined Murphy (153-04, 46.73m) among the top two javelin throwers with a toss of 143-06 (43.75m) for second place. Murphy's career-best throw landed her ninth on the Gophers' all-time list.
Murgic won the pole vault, clearing 12-06.00 (3.81m) in her first competition of the outdoor season. Cami Gilson cleared 12-00.00 (3.66m) in her outdoor debut for third place as well.
Nicole Murphey picked up a third-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 18-04.50 (5.60m).
"I feel good about where we're at right now, but we have to get back to work when we get home," Bingle said. "We need to execute better and continue to take care of our bodies to get ready for another good meet next weekend."
The Gophers will split their squad again next weekend, traveling to the Specs Town Invitational hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., and remaining local to compete at the Concordia St. Paul Invite.
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