Gophers Set for B1G Indoor Championships
Feb. 25, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The Golden Gopher women's track and field team is set for the 2014 Big Ten Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. The B1G championship will be held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, this Friday and Saturday. Action gets underway at 9 a.m. CT both days.
About the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships
The SPIRE Institute is set to host the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
Last year, Illinois took home the Big Ten championship title, posting five individual crowns and two runner-up finishes en route to championship. The Illini scored 115 points, followed by second-place Nebraska (112), marking the closest score since the 2002 event. Michigan finished in third place with 89 points, followed by Penn State with 73 points in fourth and Ohio State with 66 for a fifth-place finish.
2013 Big Ten Championship Rewind
Minnesota finished seventh at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships. With 56 points, the Gophers were just one point out of sixth. Laura Docherty and Todea-Kay Willis each earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors. The 5,000-meter run was one of the highlights of the meet for Minnesota as Docherty (16:15.00) and Molly Kayfes (16:15.31) finished second and third in the race to rank second and third in the Gopher all-time ranks.
The Gopher 4x400-meter relay team was just .22 seconds away from the school record in finishing fourth. Megan Geyen, Te'Shon Adderley, Jessica Waldvogel and Alena Brooks ran the fastest time in their section of the relay. They were .10 seconds out of third place overall, with the fastest three teams running in the second section. Adderley finished fourth in the 800 meters with a new personal record of 2:06.42, which ranks fourth in school history. Brooks came in fifth in the 600 meters with a time of 1:30.44.
Last Time Out: Minnesota Earns Six Event Titles at Parents Day Invite
Minnesota earned six event titles at its annual Parents Day Invite at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse last Saturday. The Golden Gophers picked up three titles on the track in the 600-meter run, 800-meter run and 1,000-meter run, along with winning the shot put, weight throw and long jump.
Freshman Titania Markland led the Maroon and Gold in the 600m run as the Gophers claimed five of the top eight places. Markland clocked a career-best 1:33.18 to win the event. Senior Cassy Opitz won the 800m in a season-best 2:13.18, and the 1,000m saw sophomore Stacey Swatek come in first in 2:57.09.
Sophomores Becci Osterdyk and Lyndsey Thorpe won the shot put and the weight throw, respectively, as the Gophers dominated the throwing events. Osterdyk posted a throw of 48-07.50 (14.82m) to tie Minnesota's season-best throw and win the shot put, and Thorpe recorded a season-best of 57-01.00 (17.40m) to win the weight throw. Junior Nicole Murphey won the long jump with a season-best leap of 18-08.50 (5.70m).
USTFCCCA National Rankings Update
No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Arkansas and No. 5 Texas remained the top five teams in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings in week five. Two Big Ten Conference teams are ranked in the top 25 in No. 11 Penn State and No. 17 Purdue. Only marks from the current season were considered in determining the team scores. The next rankings will be released Tuesday, March 4.
Minnesota's leaders among the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Event Report are senior Alena Brooks (800m, sixth, 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 (20th, 3:38.10), distance medley relay team of Katie Hill, Geyen, Brooks and Maggie Bollig (14th, 11:12.85) and junior Jess Herauf (pentathlon, 20th, 4,008 points).
Gophers Rank Third in Midwest Region
Minnesota (242.59) ranks third in the Midwest Region according to the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Team Index, following top-ranked Nebraska (301.18) and second-ranked Kansas (280.39). Kansas State (203.82), Iowa State (174.15), Illinois (157.68), North Dakota State (154.96), Oklahoma State (150.39), Missouri (122.28) and Southern Illinois (118.72) complete the regional top 10.
Brooks and Herauf Among Top NCAA Seeds
Senior Alena Brooks and junior Jess Herauf are among the NCAA's top 10 seeds as of Feb. 24. Brooks is currently seeded sixth 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: 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships
The 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships are set for March 14-15, hosted by the University of New Mexico at the Albuquerque Convention Center.