May 10, 2013
University of Minnesota junior Laura Docherty finished second in the 10,000 meters on a rainy Friday night at the Big Ten Championships. The Golden Gophers’ 11 points put them in third place after two completed events in Columbus, Ohio. Wisconsin leads with 18 points.
Docherty crossed the finish line in 34 minutes, 13.21 seconds to finish behind Wisconsin’s Caitlin Comfort (36:22.34). The school record holder in the 10,000m earned eight points for Minnesota, while redshirt freshman Liz Berkholtz (35:11.12) earned two by finishing seventh.
“I’m happy for Laura, and pleased with Liz’s first 10K,” Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Matt Bingle said. “It was raining the whole time and they did a great job working through difficult conditions.”
In the only other completed event of the day, Jeri Johnson-Chambers earned a point for the Gophers in the hammer throw. She set a new personal record of 185 feet, four inches (56.51m) to finish eighth. Johnson-Chambers ranks eighth on the Gophers’ all-time list.
“Jeri did a good job fighting for eighth place,” Bingle said.
Alex Beckman (3,148 points) and Amanda Beckman (2,898 points) sit in seventh and 10th, respectively, through four heptathlon events. Alex set three PRs, highlighted by a shot put of 38-4 1/4 (11.69m) to finish third. Amanda also set two PRs on the day despite weather delays.
The women’s pole vault, originally scheduled for Friday, has been postponed until Saturday afternoon. Minnesota will resume action tomorrow morning starting with the heptathlon long jump competition. In addition to the heptathlon, the shot put, long jump, javelin and 3,000-meter steeplechase will also be decided Saturday.
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