Betz, Moraczewski Set PRs and Finish Fourth at Big Ten Championships

Go Gophers! Emily Betz's PR earned her five points in the javelin.
Go Gophers!
Emily Betz's PR earned her five points in the javelin.
Go Gophers!

May 11, 2013

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The University of Minnesota women’s track and field team turned in two fourth-place finishes at Saturday’s Big Ten Championships finals in Columbus, Ohio, and the Golden Gophers are in sixth place with 24 points. Wisconsin sits atop the leader board with 51 points through the second day of the meet.

Senior Emily Betz took fourth in the javelin with a new personal record of 151 feet, two inches (46.08m). She now ranks ninth on Minnesota’s all-time list in the event.

Junior Katie Moraczewski closed out the night with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Moraczewski also set a PR, her time of 10:14.07 ranking third all-time.

Also scoring for Minnesota on Saturday were senior Todea-Kay Willis in the long jump (seventh) and Alex Beckman in the heptathlon (eighth). Both Alex (4,916) and Amanda Beckman (4,825) turned in top-10 heptathlon point totals for Minnesota.

The Gopher 4x100-meter relay and seven individual runners qualified for Sunday finals. The 4x100 team of sophomore Jessica Waldvogel, Willis, junior Megan Geyen and senior Kylie Peterson finished in 45.64 seconds, the relay’s fastest time of the season and the eighth-fastest in school history.

Minnesota will have two representatives in each of the 400m, 800m and 1,500m finals. Geyen ran the second-fastest time in school history (53.72) to finish third in the preliminary heats of the 400m. Waldvogel (55.57) finished eighth and now ranks ninth all-time.

Both junior Te’Shon Adderley (fourth) and senior Alena Brooks qualified in the 800m. Adderley’s new PR of 2:07.55 ranks seventh in Minnesota history.

In the 1,500m, Katie Hill posted the best time by a Gopher this season, finishing in 4:27.43. Juniors Hill and Maggie Bollig will both run in Sunday’s final.

Willis qualified for the 100m final with a PR of 11.73. She now ranks sixth all-time.

Through two days of competition, eight events have been scored. Thirteen events remain, and the triple jump will kick off the action on the third and final day Sunday.