June 12, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. – Minnesota's 4x400-meter relay team of Titania Markland, Jessica Waldvogel, Te'Shon Adderley and Megan Geyen clocked a 3:37.08 for 19th place in the national semifinals at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field Thursday night.
The top two teams from each of three semifinal heats plus the next two fastest times advance to Saturday's 4x400m final at 8:40 p.m. CT. The Gophers finished sixth in their heat.
"The team did a good job – they competed well and gave it everything they had," director of women's cross country and track & field Matt Bingle said. "They had a great season. Their time today ranks third in the history of our program. Maybe it didn't fall together like we would have liked it to, but it was an awesome effort.
"This is the best 4x400m team to ever race at the University of Minnesota and the first Gopher team to make it to the national meet, so it was an unbelievable outdoor campaign for them. Our relays had a really good year this year, and we're excited about the future. We'll miss Te'Shon and Megan, but we hope to build off this year's success."
Leading up to the NCAA championships, the quartet of Markland, Waldvogel, Adderley and Geyen set back-to-back University of Minnesota program records in the 2014 postseason. They took third in 3:35.07 at the Big Ten Championships before finishing 11th in a school-record 3:34.71 at the NCAA West Prelims.
The foursome also made history this year as the first Gopher 4x400m relay team to reach the NCAA championships in Minnesota women's track & field history.
Junior Devin Stanford also represented the Maroon & Gold at the NCAA championships. Stanford became Minnesota's third All-American of the 2014 season with a 15th-place showing in the hammer throw for second team accolades Wednesday. During the indoor track & field season, senior Alena Brooks (first team, 800m) and sophomore Jess Herauf (second team, pentathlon) earned All-American honors as well.
With the 4x400m relay team's 19th-place showing, Minnesota's 2014 track & field season comes to a close. The NCAA championships continue through Saturday in Eugene, Ore.
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