Gophers Travel to Two Local Meets
Feb. 7, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women’s track and field team is in action at two meets this Saturday. Most of the team will travel to River Falls, Wis., to compete at the UW-River Falls Invitational while the Gopher pole vaulters will be in action at the Ted Nelson Classic hosted by Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn.
Last Time Out: Minnesota Finishes Second at Bill Bergan Invitational
Minnesota finished second in the team standings with 120 points behind Kansas State (145 points) at the Bill Bergan Invitational last weekend. Host Iowa State (98), Texas (68) and South Dakota (61) rounded out the top five at the 10-team meet.
The Gophers picked up three event titles. Minnesota won the 4x400-meter relay in a school-record and meet-record time of 3:38.10. The team of Titania Markland, Alena Brooks, Te'Shon Adderley and Megan Geyen clocked the fastest Gopher time in program history. Minnesota also collected two individual first-place finishes as seniors Maggie Bollig (mile) and Kaitlin Mincke (1,000m) won their respective events. Bollig won the mile in a lifetime-best 4:46.49 for Minnesota’s top time of the season, and Mincke won the 1,00m in 2:51.14, the Gophers' fastest 1,000m time since 2008 (Nikki Swenson, 2:48.93).
4x400m Relay Breaks Record
The Golden Gophers' 4x400-meter relay team of seniors Alena Brooks, Te'Shon Adderly and Megan Geyen and freshman Titania Markland set a new Minnesota school record in 3:38.10 at last weekend’s Bill Bergan Invitational.
The record-breaking 4x400m relay performance topped Minnesota's previous school record by 2.6 seconds, improving on a 3:40.77 ran by Katie Grundman, Heather Dorniden, Kadian Douglas and Mollie Hupp in 2006. The Gophers also broke the Bill Bergan Invitational meet record, set by host Iowa State in 2010, by nearly five seconds (3:42.96).
About the Ted Nelson Classic
The Gopher pole vaulters will compete at the Ted Nelson Classic this Saturday, Feb. 8. Women’s pole vault begins at 11 a.m. with running events set to begin at 12 p.m. at Minnesota State’s Myers Field House.
Four Gophers are among 18 athletes set to compete in the pole vault. Katie Murgic, Cami Gilson, Stephanie Oleson and Sara Tseng are all scheduled to compete. Alex Flucke will compete unattached as well.
About the UW-River Falls Invitational
The UW-River Falls Invitational is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The meet will feature the University of Minnesota-Morris, Hamline University and UW-River Falls along with the Gophers.
USTFCCCA National Rankings Update
No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Georgia remained atop the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings in week two. Three Big Ten Conference teams are ranked in the top 25 in No. 14 Purdue, No. 18 Michigan and No. 20 Penn State. The next rankings will be released Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Minnesota’s leaders among the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Event Report are senior Alena Brooks (800m, scored as 17th at 2:06.24), senior Te'Shon Adderley (800m, scored as 20th at 2:06.42), senior Laura Docherty (5,000m, scored as 24th at 16:15.00), junior Molly Kayfes (5,000m, scored as 25th at 16:15.31) and junior Jess Herauf (pentathlon, scored as 20th at 4,008 points).
Relay, Herauf Land Among Top NCAA Qualifiers
Minnesota’s 4x400m relay team of Titania Markland, Alena Brooks, Te’Shon Adderley and Megan Geyen is currently seeded ninth at 3:38.10. In addition, junior Jess Herauf is among the NCAA’s top pentathletes following her performance at the Bill Bergan Invitational. She is currently seeded 10th with 4,008 points.
Gophers’ Indoor Schedule Update
The Big Ten Indoor Championships are fast-approaching. Minnesota will not compete at the Spire Institute Div. I Invitational, originally on the Gophers’ schedule for Feb. 14-15. The rest of the indoor schedule has Minnesota competing at the St. Thomas Showcase (Feb. 14) and the Iowa State Classic (Feb. 14-15) before hosting the Parents Day Invite (Feb. 22) in preparation for the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 28-March 1). The NCAA indoor championships are March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Up Next: St. Thomas Showcase and Iowa State Classic
Next weekend, Minnesota is set to compete at the St. Thomas Showcase and the Iowa State Classic. The St. Thomas Showcase begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and the two-day Iowa State Classic is all day Feb.14-15.