Beckman, Thorpe Lead Gophers on B1G Day One
May 16, 2014
Thorpe used a career-best throw of 189-10 (57.87m) to secure third place in the hammer throw and move into seventh in the Gopher all-time ranks, and Berkholtz finished fourth in the 10,000-meter run in 34:19.20, just seven seconds off her personal best.
Meanwhile, Alex Beckman is second in the heptathlon with 3,260 points after four events were completed on the first day of competition at the B1G championships. Jess Herauf is fourth (3,144 points), Audra Winter is sixth (3,089) and Amanda Beckman is ninth (2,885). Penn State's Brittney Howell leads the heptathlon with 3,423 points so far.
Alex Beckman finished in the top four of each of the first four heptathlon events, placing second in the 200-meter dash in a career-best 24.77 and finishing third in the shot put at a career-best 38-11.50 (11.87m). She also picked up fourth-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (14.45) and high jump (5-04.50, 1.64m).
Herauf also recorded two personal-best marks as she won the heptathlon shot put with a career-best throw of 43-02.50 (13.17m) and was fifth in the high jump by clearing a career-best 5-04.50 (1.64m). She finished eighth in the 200m (26.01) and ninth in the 100m hurdles (15.12).
Winter finished third in the 200m (25.18), fourth in the shot put (career-best 38-03.25, 11.66m), fifth in the 100m hurdles (career-best 14.55) and ninth in high jump (5-1, 1.55m).
Amanda Beckman's highest finish was a fourth-place showing in the 200m in 25.44. She took seventh in the shot put (36-02.25, 11.03m) as well. Beckman clocked a 15.61 in the 100m hurdles and cleared 5-1 (1.55m) in high jump.
The 10,000m and hammer throw were the only women's events completed on Friday, but the Gophers are currently in second place in the team standings with 11 points. Wisconsin leads the way with 16 points, and Penn State and Michigan are third (10 points).
Behind Berkholtz, senior Laura Docherty finished just out of scoring position in ninth (34:45.67) in the 10,000m. Senior Rachel Drake (36:03.28) and freshman Jamie Piepenburg (37:32.52) also ran. Redshirt freshman Angie Guenther (168-11, 51.50m) and junior Devin Stanford (no mark) also competed in the hammer.
Action at the B1G championships continues with a full day of competition on Saturday, beginning with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles at 10:30 a.m. CT. The first women's event is the heptathlon long jump at 11:15 a.m. CT.