May 3, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Minnesota women's track and field team won five individual titles en route to a third-place team finish at the Musco Twilight hosted by Iowa at Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track on Saturday evening.
Seniors Megan Geyen (400-meter dash), Maggie Bollig (1,500-meter run), Kelli Budd (3,000-meter run) and Katie Loberg (high jump) along with freshman Nicolle Murphy (javelin) won their respective events to lead the Golden Gophers.
Nebraska won the seven-team meet with 221.50 points. The Gophers recorded 165.50 points, just 4.50 points behind second-place Iowa (170). Northern Iowa (94), Drake (38), Iowa State (31) and Grinnell (5) rounded out the standings.
Geyen led four Gophers in the top six in the 400m for 23 points in the team competition. Freshman Titania Markland finished third (55.04), junior Jessica Waldvogel was fifth (55.41) and senior Te'Shon Adderley was sixth (55.71).
In the other sprinting events, redshirt freshman Erin Hawkins finished third in both the 100-meter dash (11.85) and the 200-meter dash (25.01). Senior Akuoma Omeoga also scored one point in the 100m in eighth (12.24).
Omeoga, Geyen, Waldvogel and Hawkins teamed up on the Gophers' 4x100-meter relay team, clocking a 45.88 for second place. Likewise, Minnesota's 4x400-meter relay team of Adderley, Geyen, Waldvogel and Markland came in second in 3:40.67.
Leading the way in the distance events, Budd crushed her previous career-best time of 10:15.11, clocking a 9:40.65 to win the 3,000m. Fellow senior Laura Docherty came in second in her 2014 outdoor debut (9:55.40) as well.
Eight Gophers finished in the top 12 of the 1,500m behind Bollig's first-place finish (4:30.42). Senior Kaitlin Mincke took third in 4:33.24, and fellow senior Katie Moraczewski was fifth in 4:36.12. Sophomore Liz Berkholtz rounded out the scoring for the Gophers with two points in seventh (4:39.30).
Sophomore Frances Conlin picked up eight points in second place in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.64). Meanwhile, sophomore Alex Beckman and redshirt freshman Audra Winter both recorded career-best times in the 100-meter hurdles. Beckman clocked a 14.33 for fifth place, and Winter finished in 14.84 for ninth place.
Minnesota picked up two event titles in the field events as Loberg won the high jump, clearing 5-07.00 (1.70m), and Murphy won the javelin with a throw of 153-06 (46.80m).
Three Gophers finished in the top six in the discus. Stanford led the way in third (169-02, 51.56m), followed by Guenther in fourth (career-best 166-05, 50.72m) and Megan Petermann in sixth (149-11, 45.69m).
The Gophers also competed at the Meet of the Unsaintly, hosted by Hamline University, on Saturday, and sophomore Becci Osterdyk won the shot put title to lead the way for the Maroon and Gold.
Minnesota heads to the Northern Iowa Mark Messersmith Invitational and the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open next Friday, May 9, marking the Gophers' final competitions before the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The 2014 B1G meet will be held at Purdue Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18.
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