May 30, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Seniors Kelli Budd and Te'Shon Adderley led the Golden Gopher women's track and field team on the second day of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Outdoor Track & Field West Preliminary, but both finished just short of advancing to the NCAA finals.
Budd finished 13th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:16.79, less than two seconds behind 12th-place finisher Catie Arrigoni of Eastern Washington (10:14.99). Budd finished fourth in her heat; the top three finishers in each heat followed by the next three best times move on.
Meanwhile, Adderley also finished just shy of advancing to the NCAA finals in the 800-meter run. Adderley placed 14th overall in 2:07.34, recording her second-fastest 800m time of the season.
Two Gopher throwers represented the Maroon and Gold on Friday as well as redshirt freshman Angie Guenther and junior Devin Stanford competed in the discus. Guenther posted a throw of 158-1 (48.18m) for 31st place, and Stanford recorded a toss of 156-2 (47.60m) to finished 33rd.
The NCAA West Prelims conclude on Saturday. Adderley will join senior Megan Geyen, freshman Titania Markland and junior Jessica Waldvogel on the Gophers' 4x400-meter relay team, while the 4x100-meter relay team of senior Akuoma Omeoga, Geyen, Waldvogel and redshirt freshman Erin Hawkins looks to improve on its season-best time of 45.29. In addition, sophomore Lyndsey Thorpe and Stanford are slated to compete in the hammer throw.
The top 12 individuals and relays from both the NCAA East and West Preliminaries advance to the NCAA finals, which are set for June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
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