April 4, 2013
Alabama's Crimson Tide Invite is a one-day scored meet. Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska and Penn State will join the Gophers and the meet hosts in the field. All the event groups will be represented for the Gophers, but the distance runners who competed at Stanford (Laura Docherty, Katie Moraczewski, Liz Berkholtz and Kelli Budd) will take the weekend off.
Closer to home, Alex Beckman will be the only Gopher competing in uniform at the Hamline Invitational on Saturday.
"I'm excited to have scoring, because I want the team to feel pressure," director of track and field/cross country Matt Bingle said. "They need to get in an atmosphere where they really feel like they need to do their job. I'm looking to see improvements this Saturday, and I'm pleased with how the season has gone so far."
Docherty Breaks 25-Year-Old Record
Junior Laura Docherty crossed the finish line in 33:24.93 to break Minnesota's record in the 10,000 meters. Eileen Donaghy's 1988 time of 33:31.96 was the second-oldest school record still standing. Docherty currently holds the fastest 10K time in the Big Ten, and the ninth-fastest nationally. She was featured in the Minnesota Daily this week.
Tops in the Big Ten
In addition to Docherty, two other Gophers have the conference's top marks in their events. Katie Moraczewski's time of 10:23.55 ranks first in the 3,000m steeplechase, and Emily Betz's throw of 144-10 (44.15m) ranks first in the javelin.
Willis, Stanford Post Top-10 PRs
Todea-Kay broke into Minnesota's all-time top 10 in her first 100-meter race of the season. Her time of 11.78 seconds at the Arkansas Invitational ranks seventh in Gopher history. The previous night, Devin Stanford moved up to seventh on the hammer throw list with a toss of 181-7 (55.36m).