Three true freshmen sprinters clocked times that would have been included in the top-10 marks in Gopher history. Going into the season, the number-10 time in school history was 7.80 seconds. Kylie Peterson was the top Gopher to advance to Saturday’s semi-final with a time of 7.73 seconds. Nyoke Giles (7.74) and Todea-Kay Willis (7.80) also moved on to the semis.
Kingsley finished second in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Kingsley led the competition until Butler Community College’s Chelsea Hayes passed her with the wining jump of 19-7 1/2 on her final of six attempts. Willis enjoyed a nice Gopher debut adding a third place showing in the long jump (18-9 1/4) to her performance in the 60 meters.
The Nebraska Open concludes on Saturday. While several Gophers are in action in Lincoln, the remainder of the Gopher squad will compete in the Minnesota Open at the University Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Walking on to Greatness: Temi Ogunrinde
Temi Ogunrinde came to the University of Minnesota as a sprinter and ended the 2017 season as the Big Ten hammer throw champion.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Lindsey Smits
Lindsey Smits reflects on her breakthrough season, during which she took over three seconds off her 400m hurdles time.
Gopher Trio Races Internationally
Titania Markland, Kimberly Golding, and Emerald Egwim competed for their respective countries over the weekend.