May 23, 2013
A trio of University of Minnesota women’s track and field runners qualified for the quarterfinal round at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas on Thursday night. Megan Geyen advances in the 400-meter dash, while Alena Brooks and Te’Shon Adderley qualified in the 800-meter run.
Geyen was the first to advance as she ran a time of 54.02 in the 400m. The junior finished third in her heat and ranks 18th overall entering tomorrow’s quarterfinal. She races at 6 p.m. tomorrow and needs to finish in the top 12 to advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Eugene, Ore. June 5-8.
Less than an hour later, Brooks and Adderley, who are on the Gophers’ 4x400-meter relay with Geyen, qualified for the quarterfinals in the 800m. The duo finished two-three in their heat with Brooks running 2:07.59 and Adderley finishing on her heels with a time of 2:07.73. Brooks enters tomorrow with the 10th fastest time, while Adderley clocked in 16th, respectively. They run tomorrow night at 7 p.m. with the top 12 advancing to Eugene.
Jeri Johnson-Chambers and Devin Stanford competed in the hammer throw on Thursday and took one-two in their heat but neither will advance to the NCAA Championships. Both tossed personal as Johnson-Chambers’ hurl of 190-2 (57.96m) placed 20th and ranks fifth in Gopher history, while Stanford’s throw of 189-1 (57.63m) took 23rd and is seventh in the Minnesota records book.
Stanford still has a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships as she competes in the discus tomorrow at noon.
Todea-Kay Willis also competed in a field event as she participated in the long jump. The senior finished in a tie for 20th with a leap of 20-0 ¼ (6.10m), which was not good enough to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Liz Berkholtz capped off the opening night as she ran in the 10,000-meter run. The freshman took 25th with a time of 36:24.61 and will not advance to Eugene.
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.
Six Gophers Named Academic All-District
Minnesota led all NCAA Division I programs with six CoSIDA Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country honorees.