|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|
|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.
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
4. Todea-Kay Willis, Nyoka Giles 4x100m relay 45.22
Chimerem Okoroji, Kylie Peterson
5. Megan Geyen 400m
5. Laura Docherty 10,000m
9. Rachel Drake 10,000m
9. Katie Murgic pole vault
UCLA Up Next for Gophers
Minnesota travels to Los Angeles, Calif., for the UCLA Legends Invitational this Friday and Saturday.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Taylor Wiebke
Catch up with Gophers sophomore high jumper Taylor Wiebke after she earned Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors.
Gophers Earn Two Third-Place Finishes
Minnesota wrapped up competition at the Raleigh Relays with a pair of third-place finishes in the 800m and 4x800m relay on Saturday.