Gophers Set for Iowa State Classic
Feb. 12, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women’s track and field team is set to compete at two meets this weekend. The Gophers will meet some of the nation’s top competition at the Iowa State Classic and also send some student-athletes to the St. Thomas Showcase.
About the Iowa State Classic
The Iowa State Classic gets underway at 11 a.m. this Friday and Saturday at Iowa State’s Lied Recreation Athletic Center. Over 100 All-Americans from both track and field and cross country are scheduled to make their way to Ames, Iowa, to compete in the 23rd annual Iowa State Classic.
This year’s field will be made up from teams from across the country, spanning 16 conferences (Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Ivy League, Mountain West, Big East, ECAC, Sun Belt, American, Southern, Big Sky, Missouri Valley, WAC, Summit League and Ohio Valley), including seven teams ranked in the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top-25.
About the St. Thomas Showcase
The St. Thomas Showcase is set for this Friday at the University of St. Thomas’s Anderson Athletic Recreation Complex. Women’s long jump, weight throw, pole vault, high jump and shot put along with men’s triple jump kick off the meet at 3:30 p.m., and running events begin with the 4x200-meter relay at 4 p.m.
Last Time Out: Gophers Earn Eight Event Titles at Two Meets
Minnesota claimed seven event titles at the UW-River Falls Invitational and one at the Ted Nelson Classic hosted by Minnesota State last weekend.
Junior Devin Stanford's first-place throw of 58-07.50 (17.87m) marked a season-best, and fellow junior Nicole Murphey claimed the top place in the long jump with her own season-best – a leap of 18-05.00 (5.61m) to set a new UW-River Falls Knowles Center record.
Minnesota took the top 10 places in the mile, led by senior Cassy Opitz in a season-best 4:59.14. Four Gophers ran the 3,000-meter run, led by redshirt freshman Melissa Cabak in a season-best 10:20.34 for first place. Fellow redshirt freshmen Kate Shelerud won the 600-meter run, and junior Akuoma Omeoga won the 55-meter dash in 7.33. In addition, the Gophers ran two 4x400-meter relay teams, claiming first and second.
USTFCCCA National Rankings Update
No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Georgia make up the top five teams in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings in week three. Three Big Ten Conference teams are ranked in the top 25 in No. 15 Purdue, No. 18 Michigan and No. 19 Penn State.
The next rankings will be released Tuesday, Feb. 18, and preseason marks from 2013 used in determining team scores through this week will be removed from consideration. Beginning next week, only marks from the current season will be considered.
Minnesota’s leaders among the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Event Report are senior Alena Brooks (800m, scored as 18th at 2:06.24), senior Te'Shon Adderley (800m, scored as 20th at 2:06.42), senior Laura Docherty (5,000m, scored as 25th at 16:15.00), junior Molly Kayfes (5,000m, scored as 26th at 16:15.31) and junior Jess Herauf (pentathlon, scored as 20th at 4,008 points).
Herauf Remains Among Top NCAA Qualifiers
Junior Jess Herauf remains among the NCAA’s top pentathletes following her performance at the Bill Bergan Invitational. She is currently seeded 10th with 4,008 points.
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 the 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).
Gophers’ Indoor Schedule
The Big Ten Indoor Championships are fast-approaching. Following this weekend's competition, Minnesota hosts its annual 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: Parents Day Invite
Next weekend, Minnesota will host the Parents Day Invite at the U of M Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb. 22. The meet gets underway with field events at 10 a.m.