Big Weekend Ahead for Gophers at Drake, Irvine

April 25, 2012

Drake Relays
Date Thursday, April 26-Saturday, April 28, 2012
Location Drake Stadium (Des Moines, Iowa)
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adidas/Steve Scott Invitational
Date Saturday, April 28-Sunday, April 29, 2012
Location Anteater Stadium (Irvine, Calif.)

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Minnesota distance runners will compete at the Drake Relays (Thursday-Saturday), while Gophers in the other event groups will travel to the Steve Scott Invitational at UC-Irvine (Saturday-Sunday). Also this week, members of Minnesota’s squad will compete at the Hamline Twilight (Wednesday) and the Janis Rider Invitational at Macalester (Saturday).

The 103rd Edition of the Drake Relays
The 2012 running of the storied Drake Relays will feature a meet-record 120 events. Events started on Tuesday with the Grand Blue Mile, but the first Minnesota runners will race on Thursday afternoon during the distance carnival.

Follow the Action Online
Flotrack will provide coverage of the Drake Relays. There will also be live results and social media updates for this weekend’s meets (see the preview box above).

Gophers at Drake
Minnesota has a strong history at the Drake Relays. The Gophers have been a part of the last 27 straight Drake Relays, with 23 event titles in those years. In 2011, Minnesota won its third consecutive title in the 4x1,600-meter relay when Nikki Swenson, Missa Varpness, Stephanie Price, and Elizabeth Yetzer clocked in at 19:06.52. The Gophers also earned third-place finishes in the 4x800 and distance medley relays last year.

Steve Scott Invitational
This marks the 18th year of the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational. The annual meet is named for three-time Olympian, six-time UC-Irvine All-American, and USATF Hall of Famer Steve Scott. Field events will begin Saturday at 4:00 p.m. CT, and track events will start at 8:00 p.m. CT. Both track and field events will resume at 2:00 p.m. CT Sunday.

Coach Bingle Says
“We want to stay healthy through the weekend and feel positive about things,” head coach Matt Bingle said about the Gophers. “The biggest thing is to go in there and really fight. They’ve been training really well. At Irvine, we’ll have great weather. Drake’s going to be a little cooler. But I just want to see a good fight. I want them to go in with an attitude and compete well this weekend.”

Recent Performances
Two weekends ago, the Gophers competed at Georgia. Devin Stanford was the sole event champion for Minnesota, winning the discus with a personal best throw of 154-02 (46.99m). Alena Brooks had a successful return to the track, running a 54.08 400-meter dash and leading off the 4x400 relay that finished about one second off the school record in 3:39.22. Last week, four Gophers won events at the Holst Invitational, including three throwing events.

Welcome, Class of 2012
The Gopher coaching staff recently announced the team’s signing class. To learn more about the 15 student-athletes joining the team next season, click here.




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