Gophers Set for Final Test Before B1G Meet
May 7, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Members of the Gopher women’s track and field team are slated to compete at the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open this Friday. The meet marks the final competition before the 2014 Big Ten Men's & Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Purdue on May 16-18.
The Eagle Open is scheduled to begin with women’s high jump, pole vault, hammer throw and long jump and men’s javelin, triple jump and discus at 3 p.m. Friday. Running events then begin with the women’s 100-meter hurdles at 4 p.m. The Gopher throwers and pole vaulters, select distance runners and a handful of sprinters are expected to compete at UW-La Crosse.
Last Time Out: Gophers Claim Six Titles at Two Meets
The Gophers were split between two meets last week, traveling to the Musco Twilight in Iowa and competing locally at the Hamline Meet of the Unsaintly.
Minnesota earned five individual titles en route to a third-place team finish at the Musco Twilight. Seniors Megan Geyen (400-meter dash), Maggie Bollig (1,500-meter run), Kelli Budd (3,000-meter run) and Katie Loberg (high jump) along with freshman Nicolle Murphy (javelin) won their respective events to lead the Golden Gophers. Nebraska won the seven-team meet with 221.50 points. The Gophers recorded 165.50 points, just 4.50 points behind second-place Iowa (170). Northern Iowa (94), Drake (38), Iowa State (31) and Grinnell (5) rounded out the standings.
Minnesota also competed at the Meet of the Unsaintly where sophomore Becci Osterdyk won the shot put (46-02.75, 14.09m) to secure the Gophers’ only event title of the meet. The Golden Gophers also picked up three runner-up finishes as sophomore Stacey Swatek clocked a career-best 2:14.74 for second in the 800m, and redshirt freshman Haley Johnson was second in the 1,500m with a career-best 4:33.52. Senior Ashlie Decker was second in the 5,000-meter run in 17:54.47 as well.
USTFCCCA National & Regional Rankings Update
No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 5 Kentucky are the top five teams in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for the week of May 6. No. 19 Penn State, No. 24 Michigan and No. 25 Nebraska represent the Big Ten Conference in the top 25. The next USTFCCCA rankings are slated to be released Tuesday, May 13.
The Gophers rank No. 7 in the Midwest Region in this week’s USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Index. No. 1 Kansas leads the Midwest Region, followed by No. 2 Nebraska and No. 3 Kansas State. Minnesota is the second-ranked Big Ten team in the region, behind second-ranked Nebraska but ahead of No. 8 Iowa and No. 9 Illinois.
Seven individual Gophers and two relay teams land among the best in the Midwest Region according to the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Index, led by Kelli Budd (first, 10:14.53) and Katie Moraczewski (fourth, 10:19.51) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Liz Berkholtz ranks fourth (34:12.67) in the 10,000-meter run, and Te’Shon Adderley ranks seventh in the 800-meter run (2:07.19).
Minnesota’s 4x400m team of Titania Markland, Adderley, Jessica Waldvogel and Megan Geyen is fifth (3:38.64), and the Gopher 4x100m team of Akuoma Omeoga, Geyen, Waldvogel and Erin Hawkins ranks sixth (45.29).
Three Gophers are ranked in field events, led by Jess Herauf at third in the heptathlon with 5,444 points. Nicolle Murphy is seventh in the javelin (161-9, 49.32m), and Devin Stanford ranks eighth in the hammer at 196-7 (59.92m).
Gophers Rank Among B1G and Nation’s Best
Several Golden Gophers rank among the top performers in the Big Ten Conference this season, including two relay teams and six individuals ranked in seven events among the B1G’s top five.
2. Liz Berkholtz, 10,000m (34:12.67)
In the national rankings, senior Kelli Budd owns the 20th-best mark of the season in the 3,000-meter steeplechase; Budd’s time of 10:14.53 is sixth in the Big Ten.
2014 Gophers Secure All-Time Top-10 Marks
Thirteen Gophers have made their mark among Minnesota’s all-time top-10 performers so far this season. The 2014 Gophers already have six of the all-time top-10 relay performances as well.
2. Jess Herauf, heptathlon (5,444)
Up Next: 2014 Big Ten Men's & Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships
The 2014 B1G Championships are next weekend, beginning Friday, May 16 and concluding Sunday, May 18. Purdue is set to host the 2014 championships at the Boilermakers' Rankin Track and Field.