April 10, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Sophomore Kelly Flynn (long jump), junior Megan Petermann (discus) and redshirt freshman Autumn Miller (hammer throw) won their respective events as members of the Golden Gopher women's track and field team competed at the Hamline Invitational Wednesday evening.
Flynn won the long jump with a career-best leap of 18-01.00 (5.51m). In her outdoor debut, she improved on her indoor season-best mark of 18-00.25 (5.49m).
Two Gophers picked up wins in the throwing events. Petermann won the discus with her third career-best throw in three outdoor meets this season, recording a throw of 154-05 (47.07m). Meanwhile, Miller won the hammer throw with a throw of 148-07 (45.29m) in her outdoor debut.
Several Gophers recorded strong performances on the track in their outdoor debuts as well.
Redshirt freshman Kat Keller and senior Leighton Lerum led the way in the 400-meter dash in second and fourth place, respectively. Keller finished in 58.15, and Lerum clocked in at 59.21 as both raced their first 400m of 2014.
Redshirt freshman Kate Shelerud and senior Madison Smith picked up second-place finishes as well. Shelerud came in second in the 800-meter run (2:19.58), and Smith was runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.05).
Redshirt freshman Melissa Cabak led four Gophers in the top 10 of the 5,000-meter run, taking fourth in a career-best 17:53.71. Fellow redshirt freshman Jamie Piepenburg was on her heels in fifth in 17:53.76, followed by senior Stephanie Solfelt in eighth (18:30.68) and sophomore Rebecca Rethwisch in 10th (18:51.25).
The Hamline Invitational was rescheduled for Wednesday after being postponed due to snow last Saturday.
The Gophers are scheduled to split the squad between two meets this weekend. Minnesota is set to compete at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Ga., Friday and Saturday and the Holst Invitational hosted by Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday.
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