Sophomore Kylie Peterson clocked a career-best time of 7.47 seconds to win the 60-meter dash at the Holiday Inn Invitational at the Devaney Sports Center on the University of Nebraska campus in Lincoln. Peterson’s time ties for the second-fastest in school history and is just three-hundreds (.03) of a second off an NCAA provisional qualifying mark (7.44).
The Gophers captured the top four finishes in the 60 meters with Nyoka Giles (7.70), Chimerem Okoroji (7.70) and Todea-Kay Willis (7.75) crossing the line behind Peterson. Peterson added a fifth-place showing in the 200 meters in a time of 25.06 seconds.
Freshman Alena Brooks turned in the other winning individual performance for the Gophers. Brooks won the 600-yard dash with a time of 1:21.96, finishing over two seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Brooks also anchored the Gophers’ 4x400-meter relay to the title with a time of 3:48.42. Joining Brooks on the relay were Rikita Butler, Bianca Dougan and Kelly Stalpes.
Alicia Rue bettered her NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the pole vault at the Minnesota Open on Saturday clearing 14 feet, 1 3/4 to win the event. It’s Rue’s second automatic qualifier of the 2009 season.
DeAnne Hahn captured a pair of throwing titles. She won the weight throw with a distance of 57-7 1/2 and the shot put with an effort of 44-5 1/4.
Emily Betz added a fourth title for the Gophers in the field events, winning the long jump with a leap of 17-1 1/4.
Amy Laskowske won the only title on the track for the Gophers at the meet winning the 3,000-meter run in a time of 9 minutes, 56.22 seconds.
NCAA West Prelim Up Next
Eighteen Gophers are set to represent the Maroon & Gold at the NCAA West Prelim this week.
Eighteen Gophers Advance to NCAA Prelim
Minnesota's 18 representatives have secured 22 qualifications in 11 different events at the NCAA West Prelim.
Seven Gophers Earn All-B1G Nods
Seven members of the Golden Gopher women's track & field team have earned All-Big Ten Conference honors.