April 14, 2012
The Golden Gophers turned in a solid final day of the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Ga. Following Tina DeLakis’ career-best throw in the shot put yesterday, several other Minnesota athletes set personal records today.
Devin Stanford was the lone event champion for the Gophers. The freshman won the discus by landing a throw of 154 feet, two inches (46.99m) on her last attempt. She bettered her career-best toss by more than three meters with that mark.
Besides Stanford’s victory, the Gophers posted some other impressive marks on Saturday. Alena Brooks, competing for the first time in the outdoor season, ran a 54.08-second 400-meter dash to finish third. Megan Geyen crossed the finish line after Brooks with a time of 54.72. The two also ran with Nyoka Giles and Jessica Waldvogel on the second-place 4x400 relay team, which posted a time of 3:39.22.
Minnesota’s 1500-meter corps also had a good showing. Several of the six Gopher runners posted season- or career-best times. Cassy Opitz led the group with a fifth-place time of 4:33.24.
The Gophers showed progress in field events, too. Katie Murgic set a new outdoor career best in the pole vault, clearing 12-03 1/2 (3.75m). Emily Betz threw a season-best 141-06 (43.13m) in the javelin.
Assistant coach Sarah Hesser said that the Gophers were “happy but not satisfied” with the Georgia meet. The coaching staff felt the Georgia meet was a step in the right direction, but that the team still knows it has work to do in the next few weeks.
Minnesota’s next major meets will be the Drake Relays and the Steve Scott Invitational (both April 26-28). The team will also have competitors at the Holst Invitational (April 21), Hamline Twilight (April 25), and Macalaster Invitational (April 26-28).
Gophers Wrap Up USATF Championships
Ashley Ramacher, Taylor Wiebke, and alum Jamie Cheever competed on days two and three of the USATF Outdoor Junior and Senior Championships.
Murphy, Alums Compete at USATF Championships
Nicolle Murphy competed in her first meet in nearly an entire calendar year Thursday evening in Sacramento, Calif.
Walking on to Greatness: Madeline Strandemo
Gophers distance runner Madeline Strandemo shares her journey from walk-on to Big Ten champion.