May 12, 2013
The Golden Gopher women's track and field team turned in three top-three finishes on the final day of the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Minnesota finished eighth with 66.5 points. Penn State won the conference title with 133 points. Juniors Megan Geyen and Laura Docherty earned All-Big Ten Second Team recognition.
Geyen finished second in the 400-meter dash in 53.91 seconds, behind Illinois's Ashley Spencer. Sophomore Jessica Waldvogel finished seventh in the race.
Sophomore Devin Stanford took third place in the discus. She landed a mark of 170 feet, four inches (51.93m) on her first throw, a personal record that ranks seventh in Gopher history.
Senior Katie Loberg, who joined the team after a four-year college basketball career, tied for third in the high jump. Loberg cleared 5-8 1/2 (1.74m), tied for sixth on Minnesota's all-time list.
Docherty, who finished second in the 10,000m on Friday, finished fourth in the 5,000m Sunday. Her personal-record time of 16:16.10 ranks third in school history.
The Minnesota 4x400m relay team of Geyen, Adderley, Waldvogel and Brooks won the first heat of the race. The Gophers finished fourth overall with a time of 3:40.76.
"We had a great day today," Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Matt Bingle said. "It was a little disappointing not to finish higher, being only 10 points out of fifth place. But overall, today was a good day for us. Even people who didn't score had PRs or season-bests. I was impressed with our young people, and there is a lot to be encouraged about with so many scorers returning next season."
Next up for Minnesota is the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas. Lists will be announced this week.
Recap of Gopher Scoring Finishes
2. Laura Docherty, 10,000m
2. Megan Geyen, 400m
3. Devin Stanford, discus
T3. Katie Loberg, high jump
4. Laura Docherty, 5,000m
4. Katie Moraczewski, 3,000m steeplechase
4. Emily Betz, javelin
4. Alena Brooks, 800m
4. 4x400m relay (Megan Geyen, Te'Shon Adderley, Jessica Waldvogel, Alena Brooks)
6. Te'Shon Adderley, 800m
7. Liz Berkholtz, 10,000m
7. Jessica Waldvogel, 400m
7. Todea-Kay Willis, long jump
7. 4x100m relay (Jessica Waldvogel, Todea-Kay Willis, Megan Geyen, Kylie Peterson)
8. Jeri Johnson-Chambers, hammer
8. Alex Beckman, heptathlon
8. Maggie Bollig, 1,500m
8. Todea-Kay Willis, 100m
Eight Gophers Advance to NCAA Championship
Minnesota's eight NCAA Championship qualifiers matches the most in program history.
Seniors Lead Gophers' NCAA Qualifiers
Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship.
Day One NCAA West Prelim Action Postponed
Due to inclement weather, Thursday's competition at the NCAA West Prelim is postponed until Friday.