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.
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.
Gophers Set for NCAA West Prelim
Minnesota is sending 20 representatives to this week's NCAA West Prelim in Lawrence, Kan.