May 3, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sophomore Becci Osterdyk won the shot put to lead the Golden Gopher women's track and field team at the Meet of the Unsaintly Saturday afternoon. Osterdyk recorded a throw of 46-02.75 (14.09m) to win Minnesota's lone event title of the meet.
In addition to Osterdyk's title, the Golden Gophers picked up three runner-up finishes and several top-10 places among local competition at Hamline University's Klas Field.
Minnesota finished second and third in both the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run. Sophomores Stacey Swatek and Anne Ferguson led the way in the 800m, while redshirt freshman Haley Johnson and senior Cassy Opitz were second and third in the 1,500m.
Swatek clocked a career-best 2:14.74 for second in the 800m, and Ferguson was third in 2:15.07. Sophomore Andie Zeman finished fifth (career-best 2:15.10), and redshirt freshman Haylie Zenner (ninth, career-best 2:16.58) and junior Jillian Johnson (10th, career-best 2:16.78) rounded out the top 10.
Haley Johnson secured a runner-up finish in the 1,500m with a career-best 4:33.52, leading four Gophers in the top 13 in a field of 82 runners. Opitz (4:34.72), sophomore Jamie Piepenburg (career-best 4:41.40) and senior Katie Hill (4:42.67) were third, seventh and 10th, respectively, and senior Jamie Vandenberg (4:43.04) and junior Chelsea Pettit (4:52.55) finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 13th.
The Gophers are also competing at the Musco Twilight meet in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday.
The Northern Iowa Mark Messersmith Invitational and the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open on Friday, May 9 are the Gophers' final competitions before the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
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Director of operations Lyndsey Thorpe and athletic trainer Sarah Wambheim have joined the Gopher Athletics staff.
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Gophers to Visit Minnesota State Fair
Golden Gopher teams and coaches are scheduled to appear at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 29-31.