Liz Roehrig Wins Pentathlon at Jack Johnson Minnesota Invitational


Golden Gopher senior Liz Roehrig compiled 4,048 to win the pentathlon at the Jack Johnson Minnesota Invitational on Friday at the University Fieldhouse. The meet continues on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Roehrig, competing in her first multi-event competition since a serious ankle injury last April, fell just two points short of an automatic NCAA Championships standard, instead settling for a provisional mark. She started the pentathlon with a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.77 seconds and a runner-up showing in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 9 1/4 inches.

A three-time Big Ten pentathlon champion, Roehrig grabbed the lead with a first-place effort in the shot put landing a throw of 41-8. She finished second in the long jump with a leap of 18-7 1/4, then hung onto the lead with a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.20.

Former Iowa athlete Peaches Roach finished second to Roehrig with a total of 4,001 points. Gopher sophomore Jessica Gabriel finished fifth with 3,152 points.




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