Gophers Set for Georgia's Spec Towns Invite and Bulldog Heptathlon

Go Gophers! Jess Herauf will make her heptathlon debut.
Go Gophers!
Jess Herauf will make her heptathlon debut.
Go Gophers!
University of Georgia Spec Towns Invitational and Bulldog Heptathlon
Date Friday, April 13-Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time 9:45 a.m. CT Friday; 9:00 a.m. CT Saturday
Location Spec Towns Track (Athens, Ga.)
Schedule Spec Towns | Heptathlon
Heat Sheets Heptathlon
Live Stats Spec Towns | Heptathlon
Statistics 2012 Performance List | Top 10 List
Social Media Facebook | @gopherwtrackcc

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.


Chasing History
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