WTF: Three Gophers Qualify for NCAA Regional Meet


Emily Brown, Ruby Radocaj and Melissa Steele each recorded marks that were good enough to earn berths into the NCAA Midwest Region Championships.

Brown clocked a regional qualifying time of 10:40.66 taking first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Steele qualified for her third straight Midwest Regional in the 400-meter hurdles, taking the meet title in a winning time of 1:00.42. Competing in her first meet as a Gopher, freshman Ruby Radocaj captured the javelin title, marking a regional qualifying distance of 144-2.

Senior Darja Vasiljeva captured the 3,000 meter crown in a winning time of 10:12.13. The Gophers also claimed titles in the 4x200- meter, 4x800-meter and shuttle hurdle relay races.

Runner-up performances in running events were recorded by Shari Schutz in the 100-meter hurdles (14.40), Katie Grundman in the 400 meters (57.36), Carly Emil in the 3,000 meters (10:13.12) and Jen Hess in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:57.38). Second place finishers in field events included Andrea Smith in the pole vault (11-7 3/4) and Nina Cotolupenco in the hammer throw (171-10).

The Gophers compete next weekend at the Mississippi Double Duals.




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