Season Preview: Sprints, Jumps and Hurdles
Nov. 15, 2012
The Golden Gophers' first 2012-13 track and field meet is not until January, but GopherSports.com is doing a series of previews to get ready for the season. This week, we preview the sprints, jumps and hurdles.
GopherSports: Who are some returners you are especially excited about right now?
GopherSports: What are you looking for from each group?
Alena Brooks represented Trinidad in some meets this summer, and she's also having a good fall. She's healthy. She was injured for most of last season, but she's really doing a good job off the track right now and on the track. She's being a great teammate and working really hard. I'm very excited for her for her senior year.
Te'Shon Adderley is new from Iowa Central College. She's had a very good fall. She's transitioned well with the team. She's been running with the cross country team this fall, and now she's transitioning to be with the 600 and 800 meters group with the sprinters. We're kind of going back and forth with her. She represented the Bahamas at the World Junior Championships, where she ran 2:07 in Spain. She's fitting in well and we're excited about her potential. The potential to have her and Alena indoors in that 600 and 800 group has us excited to see how they turn out.
We're also excited about the development of Frances Conlin, Jessica Waldvogel, and Madison Smith. Megan Geyen has had a great fall and she's ready to take the next step. Chidera Obasih had a good indoor season last year and she's coming back better. Erin Hawkins, a really talented freshman, is doing well right now. I'm excited about that group.
In the pole vault, Katie Murgic returns. She had a good freshman campaign last year and looks a lot better this fall. Stephanie Oleson is having a good fall. We're excited about the addition of Cami Gilson, who went over 13 feet in high school last year.
In the multi-events, we return Nicole Murphey and Jess Herauf. They really committed over the summertime. They're doing a lot of work and doing what is necessary. We also have the addition of Alex and Amanda Beckman, who redshirted last year. They're off to a great start. We added Audra Winter in that group as a freshman, and she has been doing even better than I thought.
In the long jump we'll have Todea-Kay. Nicole Murphey is coming along in the long jump. She went 19 feet at the end of the last year. In triple jump, I'm excited about Bria Halama. She went close to 40 feet last year as a redshirt freshman, and she was pretty beat up. With the addition of Shani Marks coaching her, I feel excited about that.
GopherSports: Can you talk about the overall improvement of this group?