LAWRENCE, Kan. – Members of the University of Minnesota women's track & field team competed on day two of the four-day Kansas Relays on Thursday led by Kiley Sabin and Temi Ogunrinde winning their respective events for the Maroon & Gold.
Sabin won the shot put with a throw of 16.08m (52-09.25). She had the top mark through all six rounds of competition, and her best throw of the day came on her fifth attempt. Incoming junior Nayoka Clunis, currently a sophomore at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan., finished as runner-up with a throw of 14.47m (47-05.75) as well.
The Gophers earned the top four places in the hammer throw led by Temi Ogunrinde, who posted a career-best winning mark of 61.09m (200-05) to move into third in program history. Ogunrinde recorded her winning throw on her first attempt and improved on her previous PR of 60.76m (199-04) by over a foot. She has climbed up Minnesota's all-time top-10 list this season, going from 10th, to eighth, to sixth, to her current ranking of third.
Agnes Esser (60.58m, 198-09), Nina Horvath (58.08m, 190-07), and Angie Guenther (57.13m, 187-05) rounded out the top four finishes in the hammer throw. Clunis came in fifth with a throw of 54.38m (178-05) as current and future Gophers took the top five places overall.
Day two also saw the conclusion of the heptathlon. Kayla Nelson placed eighth in her heptathlon debut with a score of 4,515 points. She was just shy of her career-best mark with a jump of 4.96m (16-03.25) in long jump followed by another near-PR with a throw of 24.08m (79-00) in the javelin. Nelson wrapped up the heptathlon with a sixth-place showing in the 800-meter run, clocking a time of 2:29.46.
Action at the Kansas Relays continues Friday and Saturday with the Gophers competing both days, including Saturday evening's quadrangular competition with Minnesota, host Kansas, Cal, and Southern Illinois.
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