May 2, 2012
In a meet serving as the Golden Gophers’ final tune-up before the Big Ten Championships, Todea-Kay Willis tied her best long jump performance of the season. She won the event at the Tommie Twilight with a mark of 20-1 1/2 (6.13m), matching her performance from the Arkansas Invitational at the end of March.
Meanwhile, Tina DeLakis continued to shine in the shot put. She won tonight with her second-best throw of the season, 50-6 1/4 (15.40m). Devin Stanford won another discus title with a toss of 147-2 (44.86m). The pair has won a combined nine throwing events during outdoor meets this spring.
Minnesota won six events in all. Linnea Johnson won the 400-meter dash for the second week in a row with a time of 57.73 seconds. Sharyn Dahl won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.45. Melissa Flucke took the high jump title by clearing 5-5 3/4 (1.67m).
A few other highlights: Andrea Rediger finished second in her first 1,500m race of the season with the second-best time of any Gopher this season (4:31.18). Megan Smith (2:11.74) and Katie Hill (2:12.45) ran season-best times in the 800, finishing third and fourth, respectively.
Minnesota will next compete at the Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis. The meet runs May 11-13.
Gophers Welcome Two New Staff Members
Director of operations Lyndsey Thorpe and athletic trainer Sarah Wambheim have joined the Gopher Athletics staff.
Spotakova Earns Olympic Bronze in Javelin
Gophers All-American Barbora Spotakova threw 64.80m in to place third in the javelin at the Rio Olympic Games.
Gophers to Visit Minnesota State Fair
Golden Gopher teams and coaches are scheduled to appear at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 29-31.