June 11, 2014
By Ben Gotz, Athletic Communications Student Assistant
MINNEAPOLIS – The Gophers’ 4x400-meter relay team of Titania Markland, Jessica Waldvogel, Te'Shon Adderley and Megan Geyen is set to race at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., this week.
The foursome is the first 4x400m relay team in Gopher women’s track & field history to reach the NCAA championships.
“I’m super excited,” Geyen said. “We knew we were seeded twelfth at prelims and had a good chance of making it, but actually doing it and accomplishing it was just a whole other feeling of excitement.”
The relay team set a new program record of 3:34.71 and finished 11th at the 2014 NCAA West Prelims. The team is the first Gopher relay team to advance to the NCAA championships since 2012.
If that weren’t enough, Markland, Waldvogel, Adderley and Geyen have set back-to-back program records in their last two 4x400m races, running a record 3:35.07 for third place at the Big Ten Championships and then posting their current record of 3:34.71 at the NCAA Prelims.
“For it to all come together now, and to have all of our hard work pay off after all of us pushing each other all season long, it’s a great experience,” Geyen said.
Waldvogel, Adderley and Geyen were all part of the Gophers’ 4x400m relay last year, which finished fourth at the 2013 Big Ten Championships. This season’s addition of Markland, who is competing as a true freshman, has helped the quartet make program history.
“It’s been a great time,” Markland said of racing with her teammates. “They motivate me as a freshman, and they have taught me what to do, which is great.”
“She competes hard,” Waldvogel said of Markland. “When she gets in there, she’ll give it her all.”
This weekend’s race will be the Maroon & Gold finale for seniors Adderley and Geyen, who are both competing in their first NCAA championships.
“It’s really exciting, especially for them,” Waldvogel said. “The NCAA prelims could have been Megan and Te’Shon’s last race, but now they get another shot at it.”
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