Gophers to Honor Seniors at Home Finale
Feb. 21, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women’s track and field team will hosts the 2014 Parents Day Invite at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse this Saturday. The Gophers will honor their 21 seniors in the annual meet, which is set to begin at 10 a.m.
About the Parents Day Invite
The Parents Day Invite begins with the weight throw, high jump and pole vault, along with the distance medley relay, at 10 a.m. this Saturday.
Along with Minnesota, the teams set to compete include Augsburg, Bethel, Black Hills State, Carleton, Concordia St. Paul, Macalester, University of Mary, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State, Minnesota State Moorhead, St. Catherine, St. Cloud State, St. Olaf, St. Thomas, Sioux Falls, UW-River Falls and Winona State.
Gophers to Honor 21 Seniors
Minnesota will recognize its 21 seniors Te'Shon Adderley, Abby Anderson, Maggie Bollig, Alena Brooks, Kelli Budd, Ashlie Decker, Laura Docherty, Rachel Drake, Megan Geyen, Katie Hill, Jillian Johnson, Leighton Lerum, Katie Loberg, Kait Mincke, Katie Moraczewksi, Akouma Omeoga, Cassy Opitz, Morgan Sickels, Madison Smith, Stephanie Solfelt and Jamie Vandenberg during the Parents Day Invite.
Last Time Out: Gophers Compete at Iowa State Classic, St. Thomas Showcase
At the Iowa State Classic, senior Megan Geyen took fifth in the 400-meter run in a career-best 54.41 to climb to second on the Gopher all-time performance list, while fellow senior Alena Brooks led the Gophers with a career-best 2:04.90 for fifth place in the 800-meter run, the fifth-best time in the NCAA this season and an unofficial national indoor 800m record for her native Trinidad.
Minnesota recorded the fifth-best distance medley relay time in program history as Katie Hill, Geyen, Brooks and Maggie Bollig took second in 11:12.85. The Gophers picked up a fifth-place finish in the 4x400m relay as Titania Markland, Geyen, Jessica Waldvogel and Te’Shon Adderley and finished in 3:43.60.
Bollig won the 1,000-meter run 2:50.33 for Minnesota's fastest 1,000m time of the season, and sophomore Becca Dyson led the Gophers in the mile in 4:50.93 for 14th place. Junior Molly Kayfes clocked a season-best 16:19.12 for ninth place in the 5,000-meter run as well.
In the field events, junior Katie Murgic led the Gopher pole vaulters in third place with a career-best mark of 13-02.25 (4.02m), and redshirt freshman Kailee Kamps took fifth with a career-best throw of 48-07.50 (14.82m) to lead Minnesota in the shot put. Junior Devin Stanford recorded a lifetime-best mark in the weight throw at 62-01.00 (18.92m) for fourth place as well.
The Gophers were led by redshirt freshman Thana Hussein and senior Jillian Johnson at the St. Thomas Showcase last weekend. Hussein won the 600-meter dash in 1:40.74, while Johnson won the 800-meter dash in a season-best 2:17.86.
USTFCCCA National Rankings Update
No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Arkansas and No. 5 Texas 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 four. Three Big Ten Conference teams are ranked in the top 25 in No. 10 Penn State, No. 15 Purdue and No. 25 Michigan. Only marks from the current season were considered in determining the team scores. The next rankings will be released Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Minnesota’s leaders among the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Event Report are senior Alena Brooks (800m, fifth, 2:04.90), junior Molly Kayfes (5,000m, 29th, 16:19.12), 4x400-meter relay team of Titania Markland, Alena Brooks, Te’Shon Adderley and Megan Geyen (19th, 3:38.10), distance medley relay team of Katie Hill, Geyen, Brooks and Maggie Bollig (13th, 11:12.85) and junior Jess Herauf (pentathlon, 20th, 4,008 points).
Brooks and Herauf Among Top NCAA Qualifiers
Senior Alena Brooks and junior Jess Herauf are among the NCAA’s top 10 seeds by event as of Feb. 17. Brooks is currently seeded fifth in the 800m at 2:04.90, and Herauf is seeded 10th in the pentathlon 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).
Up Next: Big Ten Indoor Championships
The Big Ten Indoor Championships are set for next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Action gets underway at 9 a.m. CT. The championships will air on the Big Ten Network on tape delay on Saturday, March 8 at 9:30 a.m. CT.