NCAA Championships Up Next for Gophers
June 10, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota women's track & field team is set to compete in two events at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., this week. Action gets underway Thursday and concludes Saturday.
Junior Devin Stanford will represent the Maroon & Gold in the hammer throw, while the Gophers' 4x400-meter relay team of freshman Titania Markland, junior Jessica Waldvogel and seniors Te'Shon Adderley and Megan Geyen becomes Minnesota's first 4x400m team to advance to the national championships.
Stanford is slated to compete in the hammer throw at 3:30 p.m. CT Wednesday, and the 4x400m semifinal is at 8:40 p.m. CT Thursday night followed by the final at 5:55 p.m. CT Saturday.
About the 2014 NCAA Championships
The University of Oregon will host the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday through Saturday, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Stanford, 4x400m Relay Qualify for NCAA Championships
Stanford, Markland, Waldvogel, Adderley and Geyen will represent the University of Minnesota women's track & field team at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Redshirt freshman Erin Hawkins is serving as an alternate for the 4x400m relay team as well.
Stanford became the first Gopher to advance to the 2014 national meet with a 10th-place finish in the hammer throw on the final day of the 2014 NCAA West Prelims. Stanford recorded a mark of 191-11 (58.51m) and becomes the first Gopher hammer thrower to advance to the NCAA finals since Liz Alabi competed in the hammer in 2007.
The 4x400m relay team finished 11th overall and set a new Minnesota program record of 3:34.71 in the final event of the preliminaries. The performance marked back-to-back school records for the Gopher quartet after it recorded a program-record 3:35.07 for third place at the 2014 Big Ten Championships.
Markland, Waldvogel, Adderley and Geyen make up Minnesota's first-ever 4x400m relay team to advance to the national meet. The last Gopher relay team to compete in the NCAA finals was the 4x100m relay team of Todea-Kay Willis, Nyoka Giles, Chimerem Okoroji and Kylie Peterson, which took 13th outdoors in 2012.
Gophers' Schedule at the 2014 NCAA Championships
Minnesota is slated to compete on Wednesday and Thursday, and the 4x400m relay final is set for Saturday.
Wednesday, June 11:
Thursday, June 12:
Saturday, June 14:
2013 NCAA Championships Rewind
Senior Laura Docherty placed 18th in the 5,000-meter run as the lone Gopher to advance to the 2013 NCAA finals. She earned All-American honorable mention status after finishing in 16:24.02 to claim 18th place. Docherty advanced to the NCAA finals after running a personal-best time of 16:10.63 to finish fifth in her section and ninth overall in the 5,000m at the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary.
Last Time Out: 2014 NCAA West Preliminary Rewind
Fifteen Golden Gophers and two relay teams competed at the 2014 NCAA West Prelims. Along with Devin Stanford's 10th-place finish and the 4x400m relay team's 11th-place showing, six other Gopher competitors, including the 4x100m relay team, finished among the top 20 and narrowly missed advancing to the national championships as the top 12 from each preliminary moved on.
Senior Kelli Budd and sophomore Lyndsey Thorpe finished one place shy of moving onto the NCAA finals. Budd took 13th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:16.79, and Thorpe finished 13th overall in the hammer throw with a throw of 188-2 (57.37m), her second-best mark of the season.
Freshman Nicolle Murphy narrowly missed advancing to the NCAA championships, finishing 14th in the javelin with a throw of 154-06 (47.10m). Murphy wrapped up her first season as a Gopher with a Big Ten runner-up showing in the javelin and the fifth-best javelin mark in Minnesota program history (175-09, 53.58m).
Te'Shon Adderley also finished just shy of advancing to the NCAA finals in the 800-meter run, placing 14th overall in 2:07.34 and recording her second-fastest 800m time of the season. The Gophers' 4x100m relay team of Megan Geyen, Jessica Waldvogel, senior Akuoma Omeoga and redshirt freshman Erin Hawkins ran a season-best 44.91 for 15th place overall as well.
Junior Katie Murgic cleared a lifetime-best 13-03 (4.04m) to tie for 17th in pole vault and move into sixth place in the Gopher all-time ranks.
USTFCCCA National & Regional Rankings Update
No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Kentucky are the top five teams in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Team Rankings heading into the championships. No. 16 Penn State is the lone Big Ten Conference team ranked in the top 25.
The Gophers finished the season ranked sixth in the Midwest Region according to the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Index. Kansas led the way, followed by Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri in the top five. The Gophers finished ahead of Big Ten foes Iowa (eighth) and Illinois (10th).
2014 Gophers Secure All-Time Bests
Sixteen Gophers have recorded all-time top-10 individual marks this season. Jess Herauf (heptathlon, javelin), Kelli Budd (5,000m, 3,000m steeplechase), Alex Beckman (heptathlon, 100m hurdles), Erin Hawkins (100m, 200m) and Audra Winter (heptathlon, high jump) have set top-10 marks in two individual events this season. The Gophers' 4x400m relay team recorded back-to-back program records at the 2014 Big Ten Championships and the 2014 NCAA West Prelims as well; in total, five different Gopher relay teams have recorded all-time top-10 times.
1. Markland, Waldvogel, Adderley, Geyen, 4x400m (3:34.71)
Gophers at the NCAA Outdoor Championships
Earlier this season, Alena Brooks and Jess Herauf became Minnesota's most recent All-Americans in representing the Maroon & Gold at the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships. Brooks picked up first-team All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in the 800m, while Herauf earned second-team honors by placing ninth in the pentathlon.
Fifty-six Gophers have competed in the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships since 1983. Minnesota's highest outdoor team finish is tied for 13th in 2008. Indoors, the Gophers' best finish is 12th, a feat accomplished in 2006 and 2009 (tied for 12th). Minnesota has had one NCAA champion as Heather Dorniden won the indoor 800m in 2006.
Gopher Track, Cross Country Rank 17th
Following the cross country and indoor track & field seasons, Minnesota ranked 17th in the nation for the 2013-14 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Program of the Year award. The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Awards are awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs. The award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field seasons) based on the institution's finish at the NCAA Championships.
ESPN to Cover NCAA Championships
ESPN Networks will cover every day of the 2014 NCAA Championships with Wednesday and Thursday being broadcast on ESPN3, starting at 5:55 p.m. CT. Events on Friday and Saturday will be broadcast live ESPNU starting at 6:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.