June 30, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - Three Golden Gopher alumni finished in the top six of their events at the 2014 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships this weekend, led by Minnesota alum Liz Podominick's runner-up showing in the discus on Sunday.
Former Gophers Gabriele Grunewald (Anderson) and Heather Kampf (Dorniden) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 1,500-meter final held at Sacramento State University's Hornet Stadium on Sunday as well.
Podominick's throw of 196-9 (59.96m) was just enough to beat out third-place finisher Shelbi Vaughan, whose throw measured 196-0 (59.75m). Podominick, who was seeded fourth in the event, improved her placing from last year's USATF Outdoor Championships, where she finished third.
"It feels really good obviously placing in second in the national championship," Podominick told USA Track & Field. "I am really happy with the second place finish."
Meanwhile, Grunewald and Kampf advanced to Sunday's 1,500m final after recording the eighth and ninth fastest times in Friday's preliminary round. Racing head-to-head in the first year, Grunewald came in third in the heat in 4:10.07 with Kampf on her heels in fourth in 4:10.13.
The pair improved their showing in Sunday's final as Grunewald clocked a 4:09.68 for fifth overall after finishing 11th in the event a year ago. Just behind her was Kampf, who ran a 4:10.60 for sixth overall.
Soon-to-be Gopher sophomore Nicolle Murphy also compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships, finishing 14th in the javelin throw. Murphy recorded a mark of 155-9 (47.48m) on her third and final attempt after entering the championships seeded 14th.
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