May 11, 2012
The Golden Gophers are in seventh place after the first day of the Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis. Only two events have been scored, and the Gophers earned points in both with top-eight performances from Laura Docherty and DeAnne Hahn.
Docherty was Minnesota's top finisher, taking fourth in the 10,000 meters. She posted a time of 35 minutes, 2.06 seconds. Docherty made her move into the top five with about 3,000m to go when she ran a 78-second 400. She held onto fourth place with Nebraska's Katie White coming in just .73 seconds behind. Annie Talajkowski, Rachel Drake, and Andrea Rediger also competed for Minnesota.
Hahn recorded her third-best career throw in the hammer. She finished seventh with a mark of 193 feet, six inches (58.99m). Devin Stanford finished 20th with a personal-record toss of 169-11 (51.80m). Jeri Johnson-Chambers was the Gophers' third competitor in the hammer, finishing 22nd with a throw of 168-09 (51.43m).
Nicole Murphey has completed four events . She set PRs in three of those events: 14.28 seconds in the 100m hurdles, 25.06 in the 200m, and 33-10 3/4 (10.33m) in the shot put. She finished seventh in the 200.
Penn State leads the scoring with 18 points, propelled by a first-place finish in the 10K and a second-place finish in the hammer. Docherty and Hahn's finishes earned seven points for Minnesota.
The women's portion of the meet resumes at 10:15 a.m. tomorrow with the heptathlon long jump. Follow the full schedule of events with live results here.
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