March 6, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Senior Alena Brooks and junior Jess Herauf will represent the Golden Gopher women's track and field team at the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships next weekend in Albuquerque, N.M.
Brooks will run the 800-meter dash, and Herauf will compete in the pentathlon, it was announced as the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee released the list of participants that will compete in the 2014 men's and women's championships.
Brooks enters the national meet with the eighth-best 800m time this season at 2:04.90. Oregon's Laura Roesler has the top time in 2:01.32. Brooks enters the national meet after winning the Big Ten 600-meter title and racing on the Gophers' school record-breaking, third-place 4x400m relay team (3:36.67) and fourth-place distance medley relay team at the Big Ten championships.
Herauf is seeded 15th in the pentathlon with 4,054 points. Top-seeded Erica Bougard, a junior from Mississippi State, comes in with 4,458 points. Herauf joins Big Ten foes Deanna Latham of Wisconsin (fifth with 4,176 points) and Brittney Howell of Penn State (14th with 4,061 points).
Herauf was the B1G runner-up in the pentathlon with a career-best 4,054 points last weekend. She won the shot put (season-best 43-09.25, 13.34m) and the 800-meter run (2:15.43). Herauf also posted a season-best in the high jump at 5-05.75 (1.67m) for fourth place en route to her runner-up pentathlon showing.
The championships will be held March 14-15, hosted by the University of New Mexico at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 14 starting at 6:55 p.m. CT and March 15 starting at 6:50 p.m. CT. A tape delay of the championship will air on ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 22.
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