Rue Betters Her Own Pole Vault School Record

Go Gophers!
Go Gophers!

Go Gophers!
All-American Alicia Rue continued her assault on the Minnesota record book bettering her own school record and University Fieldhouse record in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 4 1/2 inches at the Jack Johnson Classic. She improved her record by a half an inch. The height was Rue’s third NCAA automatic qualifying performance of the season and her seventh meet clearing over 14 feet.

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In addition to the pole vault, Jack Johnson Classic records fell in the 60-meter dash, 5,000-meter run and the long jump.

Sophomore Kylie Peterson captured the title in the 60 meters with a time of 7.51 seconds. Teammate Chimerem Okoroji was third in 7.67 seconds.

True freshman Kayla Wagner won her first title on the season, winning the 5,000 meters in a time of 17 minutes, 10.37 seconds. Wagner was an all-region performer last fall for the Gopher cross country team.

Sophomore Todea-Kay Willis landed a long jump of 19-5 1/4 to add the fourth meet record to the Gophers’ list. The distance ties the fifth-best long jump performance in school history. Willis also placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 36-6 3/4.

Minnesota added Classic titles in four other events. Rikita Butler clocked a time of 56.32 to win the 400-meter dash, while Nikki Swenson won the mile run in 4:53.32. Butler also anchored the Gophers’ champion 4x400-meter relay, joined by Chioma Omeoga, Bianca Dougan and Adrienne Thomas, to win in a time of 3:49.38.

DeAnne Hahn won the weight throw to notch the Gophers’ third victory in the field events. Hahn landed a top throw of 58-7 1/2. She was fourth in the shot put with an effort of 43-1.

“We did have some nice performances in the meet, but overall we have a lot of work to do,” commented Golden Gopher head coach Matt Bingle. “It’s the time of the season where we are training really hard. We’re on the right track.”

The Jack Johnson Classic featured a unique scoring system where men’s and women’s scores were combined for an overall school’s score. Minnesota ran away with the title scoring 558.50 points. North Dakota State was the runner-up with 385.50.