Gophers Add to Growing List of NCAA Midwest Championships Qualifiers
The Minnesota women’s track & field team added nine athletes to its list of NCAA Midwest Region Championships qualifiers in meets in California and Texas on Saturday.
Sophomore Gabriele Anderson led the charge for the Golden Gopher distance crew at the Stanford Invitational. Anderson won the Section B title of the 1,500-meter run with a regional qualifying time of 4 minutes, 24.85 seconds, a personal best and the sixth-fastest time in school history. Anderson also qualified for the Midwest Region meet in the 800 meters on Friday.
Jamie Cheever placed fourth in the 1,500 meters and punched her ticket to the regional meet with a time of 4:27.11. That time ranks eighth in school history.
All-American Emily Brown ran her first steeplechase of the season and posted a regional qualifying time of 10:03.77. Brown placed fourth overall, but the first collegiate finisher.
True freshman Alicia Rue paced the Gopher contingent competing in the Bobby Lane Arlington Invitational in Arlington, Texas. Rue won the title in the pole vault with a height of 12-5 1/2, a mark that matched the regional qualifying standard.
Sophomore Christin Kingsley added a first-place showing in the long jump, landing a leap of 20-4 1/2, also a Midwest Region qualifier.
The Gophers earned four more NCAA Midwest Region qualifying marks, all in field events. Sophomore Anna Arciszewska enjoyed her best performance by over a foot in placing second in the triple jump with an effort of 40-6, the fifth-best jump in school history. Liz Alabi threw a personal best in the shot put, placing third with a toss of 51-4 1/2. Liz Podominick gathered qualifying marks in both the shot put and discus. She was four in the shot put with a throw of 50-11 and sixth in the discus with an effort of 158-7.
Minnesota’s next competition is on April 7 at the Hamline Invitational in St. Paul.