Counting Down to Big Tens
In four weeks, the Golden Gophers will travel to Madison, Wis., for the Big Ten Championships. They have a few more "big meets" left to prepare: this weekend's Georgia meet, and the Drake Relays (April 26-28). For the most part, the Gophers will compete in their primary events this weekend.
For the First Time
The Georgia meet will be the first time this spring that Minnesota fields competitors in the heptathlon. Jess Herauf and Nicole Murphey will be the Gophers' multi-event athletes this weekend. This meet will also be the first time Alena Brooks (who is coming back from an injury) competes this outdoor season.
Coach Bingle Says
Head coach Matt Bingle expects big things from his team this weekend: "We are looking for a great mental effort from them and for them to show the coaching staff some fight. We have been training well and are excited for the opportunity to compete. We are looking for the same competitive attitude that we had in Arkansas, and looking forward to having Alena Brooks compete for the first time this year as well. We need see progress each week."
Last Time Out
The Gophers split the squad last weekend, with a handful of distance runners traveling to California and several other Gophers competing in St. Paul. Four runners recorded top-10 all-time races at Stanford, and Minnesota won six events at Hamline.
The current Gophers have already shaken up the school's all-time top-10 lists this season. Nine performances this spring have either broken into or moved up on their respective lists.
2. DeAnne Hahn hammer 197-0 (60.04m) Aztec
3. Katie Moraczewski 3,000m steeplechase 10:18.60 Stanford
4. Molly Kayfes 3,000m steeplechase 10:33.31 Stanford
4. Chimerem Okoroji 200m 23.91 Arkansas
4. Todea-Kay Willis, Nyoka Giles 4x100m relay 45.22 Arkansas
Chimerem Okoroji, Kylie Peterson
5. Megan Geyen 400m 54.67 Arkansas
5. Laura Docherty 10,000m 34:07.40 Stanford
9. Rachel Drake 10,000m 34:47.56 Stanford
9. Katie Murgic pole vault 12-1 1/2 (3.70m Hamline