Gophers Set for Carleton Relays
April 17, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women’s track and field team is set to compete at the Carleton Relays this weekend. The meet, hosted by Carleton College, gets underway at 10 a.m., at Laird Stadium in Northfield, Minn.
About the Carleton Relays
The Gophers are slated to compete at the Carleton Relays this weekend, with the mid-distance crew making up the majority of the meet entries. Minnesota has seven 800-meter runners entered in Lisa Bailey, Maggie Bollig, Anne Ferguson, Kate Shelerud, Stacey Swatek, Andie Zeman and Leighton Lerum, along with nine 1,500-meter runners: Megan Bailey, Katie Hill, Jillian Johnson, Chelsea Pettit, Jamie Piepenburg, Melissa Cabak, Stephanie Solfelt, Hannah Trasser and Jamie Vandenberg. Kelly Flynn and Nicole Murphey are entered in the long jump, and Autumn Miller is slated to compete in the hammer throw as well. A handful of other Gophers are expected to compete unattached.
Last Time Out: Gophers Win Four Titles in Georgia
Minnesota won four event titles, including the 4x100-meter relay, 400-meter hurdles, 3,000-meter steeplechase and 1,500-meter run at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Ga., last weekend. The Gophers' 4x100m team of Akuoma Omeoga, Megan Geyen, Jessica Waldvogel and Erin Hawkins clocked a season-best 45.29 to rank fourth in the Minnesota all-time ranks and finish first at the meet. Frances Conlin won the 400m hurdles in 1:01.34, and Kate Bucknam took home top honors in the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:50.31. Kaitlin Mincke won the 1,500m in a career-best 4:29.85 and led a charge of six Gophers in the top nine. Jess Herauf turned in a notable performance in the heptathlon, finishing fifth with 5,444 points to rank second all-time in Gopher history.
The Gophers also competed at the Hamline Invitational last Wednesday. Kelly Flynn (long jump), Megan Petermann (discus) and Autumn Miller (hammer throw) won their respective events. Flynn won the long jump with a career-best leap of 18-01.00 (5.51m). In her outdoor debut, she improved on her indoor season-best mark of 18-00.25 (5.49m). Petermann won the discus with her third career-best throw in three outdoor meets this season, recording a throw of 154-05 (47.07m). Meanwhile, Miller won the hammer throw with a throw of 148-07 (45.29m) in her outdoor debut.
USTFCCCA National Rankings Update
No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Georgia make up the top five in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for the week of April 15. No. 12 Penn State is the lone Big Ten Conference team ranked in the top 25. The next USTFCCCA rankings are slated to be released Tuesday, April 22.
Eight individual Gophers and two Minnesota relay teams land among the nation’s best according to the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Event Report, led by Laura Docherty ranked ninth in the 10,000-meter run (33:24.93, in 2013) and 48th in the 5,000-meter run (16:10.63, in 2013). Liz Berkholtz joins Docherty among the top 10,000m runners, ranked 35th (34:12.67, in 2014).
Two Gophers are also ranked in the steeplechase: Katie Moraczewski is 28th (10:14.07, in 2013) and Kelli Budd is 36th (10:17.50, in 2014). Te’Shon Adderley ranks 43rd in the 800-meter run (2:06.38, in 2013).
Two of Minnesota’s relay teams rank in the nation’s top 50. The 4x100m relay team of Akuoma Omeoga, Megan Geyen, Jessica Waldvogel and Erin Hawkins ranks 49th at 45.29 (2014), and the 4x400m team of Titania Markland, Adderley, Waldvogel and Geyen is 43rd (3:38.64, in 2014).
Three Gophers are ranked in field events, led by Jess Herauf at 18th in the heptathlon with 5,444 points (2014). Nicolle Murphy is 28th in the javelin (161-9, 49.32m, in 2014). Devin Stanford ranks 39th in the hammer at 196-7 (59.92m) this season, and she is 41st in the discus with a scored mark of 170-4 (51.93m) from 2013.
All-Time Top 10 Gophers
Nine Gophers have already registered all-time top-10 program record marks this outdoor season. Erin Hawkins has posted top-10 times in both the 100-meter dash (11.78, eighth) and the 200-meter dash (24.23, ninth). Titania Markland debuted at seventh all-time with a 54.91 in the 400-meter dash. Liz Berkholtz (34:12.67) climbed from 10th to sixth all-time in the 10,000-meter run, and Kelli Budd (10:17.50) moved from seventh to fourth all-time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with their performances at the Stanford Invitational.
The 4x100m relay team of Akuoma Omeoga, Megan Geyen, Jessica Waldvogel and Erin Hawkins ran a 45.29 to rank fifth all-time, and the 4x400m relay team of Markland, Te'Shon Adderley, Waldvogel and Geyen ran a 3:38.64 to rank third all-time.
In the hammer throw, Devin Stanford moved up to third (196-7, 59.92m) and Lyndsey Thorpe cracked the top 10 with a ninth-place throw of 183-9 (56.02m). Nicolle Murphy (ninth, 161-10, 46.73m) and Jess Herauf (10th, 151-11, 46.30m) entered the top 10 in the javelin as well. Cami Gilson is tied for seventh all-time with a leap of 12-11.50 (3.95m) in the pole vault. Herauf also ranks second all-time with 5,444 points in the heptathlon.
Up Next: Four Meets on the Horizon
The Gophers are scheduled to compete at the Hamline Twilight at 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday before splitting the squad at three meets next weekend. Members of the team are expected to compete at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational (Friday-Saturday), Drake Relays (Friday-Saturday) and the Macalester Invite (Saturday).