Gophers to Honor Seniors at Parents Day Open

Go Gophers! Alena Brooks is in the top 10 in the conference in three individual events.
Go Gophers!
Alena Brooks is in the top 10 in the conference in three individual events.
Go Gophers!

Iowa State Classic
Date Thursday, Feb. 7-Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
Location Lied Recreation Center (Ames, Iowa)
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Feb. 14, 2013

THE BASICS
The Parents Day Open is a one-day meet hosted annually by Minnesota. The day will feature recognition for the Golden Gopher senior class.

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.
2. Todea-Kay Willis, long jump, 20-3 3/4
2. Alena Brooks, 800 meters, 2:06.24
3. Alena Brooks, 600 meters, 1:30.39
3. Distance medley relay, 11:28.31
t-5. Kylie Peterson, 60 meters, 7.46
5. Molly Kayfes, 5.000 meters, 16:31.47
5. 4x400-meter relay, 3:42.63
6. Laura Docherty, 5,000 meters, 16:32.35
8. Cami Gilson, pole vault, 12-8 1/4
8. Todea-Kay Willis, 60 meters, 7.50
9. Katie Murgic, pole vault, 12-7 1/2
10. Christina DeLakis, shot put, 49-9 3/4
10. Alena Brooks, 400 meters, 55.06

IOWA STATE IMPRESSIONS
Kylie Peterson won the 60 meters at the ISU Classic with a time of 7.46, .01 seconds away from her best-ever mark. Todea-Kay finished second in both the 60m (7.53) and the long jump (20-3 3/4). Te'Shon Adderley broke the school record in winning the 600 yards (1:21.65). Molly Kayfes (16:31.47) and Laura Docherty (16:32.35) both ran Minnesota all-time top-10 times in the 5,000 meters.

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
Junior 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. 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.