Nov. 10, 2013
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - The No. 16 Minnesota women's cross country team hosted Rocky's Run, its final home meet of the season, at Les Bolstad Course on Sunday.
Redshirt freshman Haley Johnson was the Gophers' top runner in fifth overall with a time of 22:48. Senior Cassy Opitz, last year's top finisher, was Minnesota's second runner in seventh overall (23:29).
Senior Katie Hill (23:35), redshirt sophomore Lauren Domski (23:38), redshirt sophomore Hannah Trasser (23:39), redshirt freshman Taylor Mikkalson (23:39), senior Jamie Vandenberg (23:40), and redshirt freshman Melissa Cabak (23:42) were Minnesota's third through eighth runners in ninth through 14th overall.
Twenty-five Minnesota runners competed in the race, including eight unattached competitors. Seniors Opitz, Hill, Vandenberg, Stephanie Solfelt (22nd in 24:26) and Te'Shon Adderley (29th in 25:53) competed in their final cross country meet for the Golden Gophers.
The open 6K included 166 total runners. Ben Sathre of Minneapolis was the overall winner in 18:38, and Meghan Peyton of Richfield, Minn., was the women's champion in 21:10.
Rocky's Run was founded in 1981 to honor former Gopher runner Rochelle "Rocky" Racette, who died in a car crash that fall at age 22. Racette was a Big Ten and Drake Relays champion in the 5,000 meters at Minnesota. She was also crowned homecoming queen one fall when an injury prevented her from competing in cross country.
Racette's legacy lives on through the memory of those who knew her, and through Rocky's Run and the scholarship for which it raises money.
The Gophers' top runners resume their postseason slate at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet on Friday, Nov. 15 in Ames, Iowa. The NCAA qualifying women's race is set for 1:15 p.m. CT, following the men's race at noon.
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