Feb. 3, 2012
Minnesota had three personal best results and had three others advancing to the finals of the 60m dash, after the first day of the Meyo Invitational. The Gophers are one of 48 teams participating in this year’s Invitational in which the University of Notre Dame is hosting.
Laura Docherty and Rachel Drake each hit personal best times for the Maroon and Gold in the 5,000m. Docherty finished in fifth overall with a time of 16:46.11 and Drake finished in 16:53.89 for 10th place. In the high jump Melissa Flucke was the third Gopher to obtain a personal best mark. Flucke cleared 1.70m (5-7), which was good for 11th place for Minnesota.
“I am really happy for these three (Docherty, Drake and Flucke) on getting personal records today,” head coach Matt Bingle said. “It was a good day of competition for our team and we are excited to get back out on the track tomorrow.”
Minnesota also boosted three runners in the finals of the 60m dash. Chimerm Okoroji took first overall in the prelims with a time of 7.55. Nyoka Giles was third at 7.62 and freshman Sasha Davis finished ninth with a time of 7.65. Kathryn Ritter took fourth overall in the 1,000m after clocking in at 2:51.17 for the Gophers.
Day two of action at the Loftus Center will get underway tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. (CST) with the triple jump.
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