Oct. 20, 2011
This Week in Gopher Women’s Cross Country
The Golden Gopher women’s cross country team will host to the annual Jack’s Run, honoring the late Minnesota equipment manager Jack Johnson, on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. Proceeds of the race are divided between the Jack Johnson Endowed Scholarship, the Angel Foundation of Minnesota and the Tesfa Foundation. The 6-kilometer run, open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m.
For more information, please visit the Angel Foundation website at www.MnAngel.org and also www.tefsa.org.
Race registration will be held on race day only, from 8:15-9:45 a.m. at the Les Bolstad Driving Range. Suggested donation is $20, which includes a Jack’s Run hat.
Jack Johnson will always be a part of the Minnesota women’s cross country and track programs. After serving as the Golden Gophers’ equipment manager for over three decades, Johnson passed away in February of 2006 after a battle with cancer.
The Jack Johnson Endowed Scholarship has been awarded seven times: Katie Grundman (2005-06, 2006-07), Jessica Gabriel (2007-08) and Jill Steinbach (2008-09), Chioma Omeoga (2009-10), Kathryn Ritter (2010-11) and this year’s winner Katie Moraczewski.
Last Time Out
The Golden Gophers finished 20thoverall, with 520 team points, last weekend at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, in a field that featured 19 ranked teams in the country. This race was new to the Gopher schedule this year, as in years past they would compete at the Pre-NCAA Meet.
Stephanie Price led the Gophers with a 16th place finish overall, after covering the 6k Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in 20:27. Redshirt Freshman Molly Kayfes was the next Gopher to cross the line in 102nd place (21:16). The sophomore pack of Ashlie Decker (118th 21:24), Katie Moraczewski (133rd 21:31) and Maggie Bollig (151st 21:37), were the Gophers three through five runners. Sophomore's Laura Docherty (200th 21:53) and Missa Varpness (295th 23:39) rounded out the Gophers, that competed in the championship race.
Price Has Done it Again
This week senior All-American Stephanie Price was named the Big Ten Runner of the Week for the Big Ten Conference. It was the third time this season and fifth time overall Price has been given the award.
She was the highest Big Ten finisher in a very competitive field after running a 20:27 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
The Minnesota women’s cross country team is set to compete at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships next Sunday October 30 at the University of Illinois Arboretum. The Illini will be hosting the championships for the first time since 2001. The race is free and open to the public with the women’s 6-kilometer race set to begin at 11:45 a.m.
Matt Bingle Named Director of Women’s Track & Field/ Cross Country
University of Minnesota director of athletics Joel Maturi announced Wednesday that Matt Bingle has been named director of women’s track and field and cross country. Bingle, who has served as the Gophers’ head women’s track and field coach since the spring of 2007, will begin overseeing both programs immediately, according to Maturi.
“Being named director of women’s track and field and cross country is a great honor for me and I am extremely blessed to be here at the University of Minnesota,” Bingle said. “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for my wife and family. I also have to thank Coach Wilson, because he has been there every step of the transition to head coach and will continue to help guide me and this program, and director of athletics Joel Maturi, for the faith he has shown in me.”
Wilson, the Gophers’ current women’s head cross country coach, agreed that the time was right to secure the leadership of both programs for the future.
“We feel this is the right time to make this next transition as a program,” Wilson said. “While I will still retain head coaching responsibilities for cross country, Matt will oversee the entire program. Cross country and track at the college level are so intertwined that it only makes sense to have a director that can maintain the success of both programs far in to the future, while keeping his main coaching focus with the sprints, hurdles, jumps group.”
Bingle is the first person to hold the title of women’s director of track and field and cross country at the University of Minnesota.
Gophers Earn Top-20 NCAA Finish
Minnesota finished 18th in the team race for its highest NCAA finish since 2009.
Berkholtz Honored By USATF Minnesota
Senior Liz Berkholtz was named the USATF Minnesota Female Athlete of the Month for October.
No. 23 Gophers Head to NCAA Championship
Fifth-year seniors Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick lead Minnesota into its 11th-straight NCAA Championship this weekend.