Musco Twilight to Highlight Weekend
April 29, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women’s track and field team is slated to compete in three meets this week, highlighted by the Musco Twilight meet at the University of Iowa this Saturday. The Gophers begin competition at the Tommie Twilight at the University of St. Thomas on Wednesday evening, and members of the squad also will compete at the Hamline Meet of the UnSaintly Friday and Saturday.
About the 2014 Musco Twilight
The 2014 Musco Twilight, hosted by the University of Iowa, begins with women’s javelin, men’s hammer, women’s long jump and women’s pole vault at 1 p.m. Saturday. Running events are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. The Gophers will face Drake, Iowa State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, and Iowa at the scored meet.
About the Tommie Twilight & Meet of the UnSaintly
The women’s only Tommie Twilight begins with the shot put and hammer throw at 3 p.m. CT Wednesday at O'Shaughnessy Stadium on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. Running events begin with the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries at 5 p.m.
The Meet of the UnSaintly gets underway at 3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at Hamline’s Klas Field.
Last Time Out: Drake Relays, UC San Diego Highlight Weekend Slate
The Gophers were in action at five meets last week, traveling to the Drake Relays, Grand View Viking Classic and the UC San Diego Triton Invitational and competing locally at the Hamline Twilight and the Macalester Invite.
Senior Megan Geyen led the Gophers to three event titles at the Triton Invitational, racing on Minnesota's first-place 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay teams and picking up the individual title in the open 400-meter dash (season-best 54.18). Meanwhile, sophomore Cami Gilson secured Minnesota's fourth title of the meet with a win in the pole vault, tying her outdoor career-best mark at 12-11.50 (3.95m). Geyen teamed with Akuoma Omeoga, Jessica Waldvogel and Erin Hawkins to win the 4x100m relay in 45.58. She joined Titania Markland, Waldvogel and Hawkins on the winning 4x400m relay team, which clocked a 3:39.43
The Drake Relays saw three Gophers record career-best times in the 3,000m steeplechase, in Kelli Budd (third, 10:14.53), Kaila Urick (eighth, 10:32.70) and Taylor Mikkalson (17th, 10:58.27). The Gophers' distance medley relay team of Kaitlin Mincke, Lauren Domski, Te'Shon Adderley and Maggie Bollig came in fourth in 11:28.78 for the eighth-best time in Minnesota program history. Adderley also ran a season-best 2:07.19 for 11th place in the 800-meter run. In the 5,000-meter run, Liz Berkholtz ran a career-best 16:33.72, finishing just .01 seconds shy of making the Gophers' all-time top-10 list. Behind Berkholtz, Rachel Drake finished 15th in her own career-best time of 16:51.85, and Haley Johnson was 22nd in 17:13.90 in her collegiate outdoor 5,000m debut. The Gopher 4x1600-meter relay team of Bollig, Budd, Cassy Opitz and Mincke came in fourth in 19:24.68, marking the ninth-best time in Gopher history.
USTFCCCA National Rankings Update
No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Georgia are the top five teams in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for the week of April 29. No. 18 Penn State and No. 20 Michigan are the lone Big Ten Conference teams ranked in the top 25. The next USTFCCCA rankings are slated to be released Tuesday, May 6.
Seven individual Gophers and two relay teams land among the nation’s best according to the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Event Report, led by Kelli Budd (17th, 10:14.53) and Katie Moraczewski (30th, 10:19.51) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Te’Shon Adderley ranks 47th in the 800-meter run (2:07.19), and Liz Berkholtz ranks 36th (34:12.67) in the 10,000-meter run as well.
Minnesota’s 4x400m team of Titania Markland, Adderley, Jessica Waldvogel and Megan Geyen is 41st (3:38.64), and the Gopher 4x100m team of Akuoma Omeoga, Geyen, Waldvogel and Erin Hawkins ranks 44th (45.29).
Three Gophers are ranked in field events, led by Jess Herauf at 22nd in the heptathlon with 5,444 points (2014). Nicolle Murphy is 26th in the javelin (161-9, 49.32m), and Devin Stanford ranks 29th in the hammer at 196-7 (59.92m).
Up Next: Musco Twilight and Meet of the Un-Saintly
The Northern Iowa Mark Messersmith Invitational and the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open on Friday, May 9 are the Gophers’ final competitions before the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.