Oct. 2, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The Golden Gopher women’s track and field program has released its 2014 indoor and outdoor competition schedules. The indoor slate features 10 meets and is highlighted by three home meets at the UM Fieldhouse. Meanwhile, the outdoor season has the Gophers competing at up to 20 different meets in 10 states.
"This year's schedule is very competitive and will put our athletes in the right spot to get to tested and to be prepared for the Big Ten Championships," women's track and field head coach Matt Bingle said. "It looks pretty similar to last year, only a little bit different. We get to travel to a couple places that the team is excited about."
Minnesota is set to host three home meets during the indoor season, beginning with the season-opening Northwest Open on Jan. 18. The Gophers also will compete at home at the Jack Johnson Classic (Jan. 24-25) and the Parents Day Invite (Feb. 22). Minnesota is slated to compete in eight regular-season indoor meets before the Big Ten Championships in Geneva, Ohio, (Feb. 28-March 1) and the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., (March 14-15).
The middle of the indoor season has the Gophers on the road for three-straight weeks beginning with the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) and the UW-River Falls Invitational in River Falls, Wis. (Feb. 8). The team will be split at three meets the following weekend, with the St. Thomas Open in St. Paul (Feb. 14), the SPIRE Institute NCAA Division I Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, (Feb. 14-15) and the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, (Feb. 14-15).
The outdoor season begins with a spring break trip to Houston, Texas, for the TSU Relays. The Gophers also travel to the South Florida Collegiate in Tampa, Fla., (April 3-4), the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., (April 4-5) and Georgia’s Spec Towns Invitational and Heptathlon in Athens, Ga., (April 11-12) early in the season.
Seven local meets at Hamline, Concordia St. Paul, Carleton, Macalester and St. Thomas during the middle of the outdoor season provide the Gophers with tune-up opportunities close to home.
The 105th running of the Drake Relays is set for April 25-26. Last year, Minnesota's distance medley relay team of Katie Hill, Alena Brooks, Te'Shon Adderley and Laura Docherty took first and set a new school record (11:06.47). Katie Moraczewski took second with a person-best time of 10:15.37 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the 4x100-meter relay team of Jessica Waldvogel, Todea-Kay Willis, Megan Geyen and Kylie Peterson took eighth. The Gophers placed fourth in the Hy-Vee Cup.
Minnesota’s outdoor slate also includes a trip to San Diego for the UC San Diego Triton Invitational the same weekend as the Drake Relays, and the Gophers wrap up the regular season with regional meets at Iowa, UW-La Crosse and Northern Iowa.
The Big Ten Outdoor Championships are set for May 16-18, hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. The Gophers return 2013 All-Big Ten Second Team honorees Geyen and Docherty along with Devin Stanford, who took third place in the discus (170-4). Penn State won the 2013 Big Ten outdoor meet with 133 points, and the Gophers finished eighth with a team score of 66.5 points – just 10 points behind fifth-place finisher Michigan State (76 points).
The NCAA postseason gets underway with first round competition May 29-31. This year’s West preliminary round is in Fayetteville, Ark., and the University of Oregon will host the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 11-14). The USA Championships will be held in Sacramento, Calif., June 19-23.
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