Feb. 6, 2013
The Iowa State Classic will be the last major meet for the Gophers before the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The pentathlon will take place on Thursday, with the rest of the events to follow on Friday and Saturday.
"We need to work smart and avoid fatigue," director of track and field and cross country Matt Bingle said. "This weekend, everybody needs to take the next step. It's crunch time now. We've had really good practices, and we need to carry that over to competition now."
WHERE THE GOPHERS RANK
The Big Ten Indoor Championships are quickly approaching. Here is a look at where some of the Gophers rank in the conference right now.
1. Alena Brooks, 800 meters, 2:06.24 (No. 6 nationally)
1. Distance medley relay, 11:28.31
2. Alena Brooks, 600 meters, 1:30.39
2. Todea-Kay Willis, long jump, 19-6 1/4
3. Te'Shon Adderley, 800 meters, 2:08.60
5. 4x400-meter relay, 3:44.50
t-6. Cami Gilson, pole vault, 12-8 1/4
7. Liz Berkholtz, 5,000 meters, 16:57.16
7. Todea-Kay Willis, 60 meters, 7.50
8. Kylie Peterson, 60 meters, 7.52
t-8. Katie Murgic, pole vault, 12-7 1/2
9. Christina DeLakis, shot put, 49-9 3/4
10. Laura Docherty, 3,000 meters, 9:28.45
BROOKS NAMED BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Alena Brooks garnered her first-ever Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honors after her performance in the 800 meters and distance medley relay at the Meyo Invitational. She finished second behind Olympian Geena Gall with a personal record time of 2:06.24. Brooks now ranks No. 2 on Minnesota’s all-time performers list, behind only Heather Dorniden. Read a Q&A with Brooks to find out more.
MORE MEYO MILESTONES
Freshman Te'Shon Adderley also made the Gophers' top 10 in the 800m, finishing fourth in 2:08.60, good for eighth all-time. Laura Docherty finished second in the 3,000m with a time of 9:28.45, No. 6 in Minnesota history. Molly Kayfes finished third, just missing the top 10 in 9:32.02.
WELCOME, FUTURE GOPHERS
A handful of recruits have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Minnesota in track and field/cross country starting in the 2013-14 season. Follow GopherSports.com's signing day coverage to read about these incoming student-athletes.
AWARDS FOR WILSON
As he completes his final season as a coach with the Gophers, Gary Wilson is being honored for his career coaching track and field and cross country. Most recently, he received the President's Award for Exemplary Service from the Minnesota Track Coaches Association.
"Gary was honored for contributions over the years to the sport of track and field in Minnesota," MTCA president Mark Alcorn said. "Gary is a model of how to develop young ladies both as runners and human beings. He is the type of coach anyone in the country would want as the coach of their state's university."
Wilson has also received the USTFCCCA’s Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award, the Minnesota Distance Running Association's Lanin Award for Distinguished Service and a letter jacket and pin from the M Club.
MSU OPEN HIGHLIGHTS
At the Minnesota State Open, Christina DeLakis (shot put, 49-7), Melissa Flucke (high jump) and Nicole Murphey (long jump) won events. Freshman Cami Gilson pole vaulted 12-8 1/4, ninth-best in school history, in her first competition as a Gopher.
RECAPPING THE JACK JOHNSON
Todea-Kay Willis and Alena Brooks were double event winners for the Gophers at their biggest home meet. Willis won the long jump (19-6 1/4) Friday before setting a personal record of 7.50 seconds (fifth-best in school history) in the 60-meter dash. Brooks won the 600m (1:31.49) and was part of the Gophers' winning 4x400m relay team. Christina DeLakis won the shot put (49-9 3/4), and Devin Stanford and Jeri Johnson-Chambers both posted top-10 weight throws. Laura Docherty (mile) and Bria Halama (triple jump) also won their events.