May 8, 2013
The Golden Gopher women's track and field team will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships this Friday through Sunday. Ohio State will host the combined men's and women's conference meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The facility seats 10,000 spectators. See the meet notes for information on the roster, current rankings, team and event titles and Big Ten awards.
"We're excited to compete and looking forward to the weekend," Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Matt Bingle said. "We're going in with an opportunity to build on our improvement from the indoor season. The goal at the end of indoor was to continue to improve, and a lot of people have gotten better. We've set two school records and a lot of PRs."
Several of the Gophers' 2012 point scorers are back again this year. Todea-Kay Willis, the 2011 long jump champion, earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors as the runner-up in 2012. She also led off the school record-setting third-place 4x100-meter relay. Kylie Peterson also ran on that relay and finished sixth in the open 100m. Then-freshman Christina DeLakis finished third in the shot put.
Laura Docherty had a breakout spring, scoring in both the 10,000m (fourth) and the 5,000m (seventh). Other scorers traveling to Columbus are Emily Betz (sixth in javelin), Katie Moraczewski (eighth in steeplechase), Megan Geyen and Alena Brooks (both part of the seventh-place 4x400m relay).
Docherty Breaks 25-Year-Old Record
Junior Laura Docherty crossed the finish line at the Stanford Invitational (March 29) in 33:24.93 to break Minnesota's record in the 10,000 meters. Eileen Donaghy's 1988 time of 33:31.96 was the second-oldest school record still standing. Docherty currently holds the fastest 10K time in the Big Ten.
Brooks Second All-Time
After a personal-reocrd 800-meter race, Alena Brooks now trails only Heather Dorniden in the Gopher record books. Her second-place time of 2:05.82 at the Crimson Tide Invite (April 6) is the second-best in the Big Ten entering this weekend. Brooks now ranks second all-time in both the indoor and outdoor 800m.
Loberg Wins Collegiate Debut
Katie Loberg joined the track and field team following four years with Gopher basketball. She won her first collegiate high jump competition, clearing 5-6 at the Tom Cat Open (April 12).
DMR Wins in Record Time
Minnesota's distance medley relay team broke the school record in winning the race at the 104th edition of the Drake Relays (April 27). Katie Hill, Alena Brooks, Te'Shon Adderley and Laura Docherty's time of 11:06.47 helped the Gophers place fourth in the Hy-Vee Cup. Docherty received the baton in fourth place, but anchored the relay with a 4:37 split.
Strandemo Honored with B1G Accolades
Madeline Strandemo is this week's Big Ten Conference Track Athlete of the Week after her performance at the Raleigh Relays.
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.