May 12, 2012
After the second of the Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis., the Golden Gopher women’s track and field team stands in fourth place. Minnesota earned a pair of top-three finishes, broke a school record, and advanced one relay team and four individuals to Sunday finals. Numerous Gophers set personal records along the way.
The Minnesota 4x100-meter relay team of Todea-Kay Willis, Nyoka Giles, Chimerem Okoroji, and Kylie Peterson broke the school record in qualifying for tomorrow’s final. The Gophers’ heat-winning time of 44.55 seconds beat their previous season-best of 44.95, and broke the record (set in 2002 by Shannaine Osbourne, Shani Marks, Amber Day, and Tahesia Harrigan) by .15 seconds. Only Ohio State (44.44) ran a faster time in today’s prelims.
Willis took runner-up honors in the long jump later in the day. The 2010 champion went 20 feet, three inches (6.17m) on her second jump, her best of the season. Purdue’s Leah Eber recorded two jumps of 20-4 1/2 (6.21m) to win.
Both Okoroji (11.69) and Peterson (11.78) advanced to the finals in the open 100. Okoroji took the seventh spot, and Peterson narrowly beat out Iowa’s Raven Moore for eighth by six 1000ths of a second.
Christina DeLakis finished third in the shot put and become No. 4 in school history. Her third throw traveled a personal-record 52-6 (16.00m).
Both Emily Betz and Jess Herauf scored points and set new PRs in the javelin. Betz, now No. 10 in school history, threw 145-4 (44.31m) to finish sixth. Herauf’s throw of 144-8 (44.10m) was good for seventh place.
Katie Moraczewski finished eighth in the 3,000m steeplechase with her second-best time ever (10:21.45).
In the 400m hurdles, Kelly Stalpes improved her No. 4 all-time mark and qualified for finals with a 59.28-second race. Kathryn Ritter ran a personal record time of 4:27.82 to qualify for finals in the 1,500m.
Nicole Murphey finished second in the heptathlon long jump with a personal record jump of 19-1 1/4 (5.82m) on her third jump. Her second jump (5.78m) also exceeded her previous best of 18-4 3/4 (5.61m). Murphey finished 11th overall in the heptathlon.
Meet host Wisconsin leads the field with 52 points. Penn State (39) and Purdue (32) are also ahead of Minnesota (27).
Competition wraps up tomorrow, beginning with the triple jump at 11:00 a.m. Follow along with the full schedule of events here.
Recap of Minnesota point scorers through seven events:
Todea-Kay Willis, long jump, 2nd
Christina DeLakis, shot put, 3rd
Laura Docherty, 10,000m, 4th
Emily Betz, javelin, 6th
Jess Herauf, javelin, 7th
DeAnne Hahn, hammer, 7th
Katie Moraczewski, 3,000m steeplechase, 8th
Recap of Gophers advancing to Sunday finals:
4x100m relay (Todea-Kay Willis, Nyoka Giles, Chimerem Okoroji, & Kylie Peterson)
100m: Chimerem Okoroji & Kylie Peterson
1,500m: Kathryn Ritter
400m Hurdles: Kelly Stalpes
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