Gophers to Host Jack's Twilight Run

Go Gophers! Jack Johnson
Go Gophers!
Jack Johnson
Go Gophers!
Jack’s Twilight Run
Date Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Location Les Bolstad Course, Falcon Heights, Minn.
Course Open 6K (spectator-friendly looped course)
Time 4:30 p.m. Registration; 6 p.m. Open 6K Race

Oct. 24, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 15 Minnesota women’s cross country team is hosting Jack’s Twilight Run at Les Bolstad Course this Saturday. The 6K race is open to the public. Race-day registration begins at 4:30 p.m., and the race is at 6 p.m.

About Jack’s Twilight Run

This year marks the sixth annual running of Jack's Twilight Run. The 6K run honors the late Minnesota equipment manager Jack Johnson. 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 2006 after a battle with cancer.

Participation in the race is free, but donations are encouraged. A Jack’s Run hat will be given to those donating $20 or more. Proceeds from the race are divided equally between the Jack Johnson Endowed Scholarship and the Angel Foundation of Minnesota. For more information on the Angel Foundation of Minnesota, please visit their website at www.MnAngel.org.

Last Time Out: Gophers Take Eighth at adidas, Second at Neubauer

The Gophers raced in two meets last Saturday. Minnesota placed six runners in the top 80 to take eighth in the team standings at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. Meanwhile, another group of Gophers raced at the Tori Neubauer Invitational, placing second in the team standings led by junior Chelsea Pettit (Savage, Minn.) in ninth place.

At the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, junior Molly Kayfes (Maple Grove, Minn.) and senior Laura Docherty (St. Paul, Minn.) led the way for the Gophers in 45th and 48th, respectively. Kayfes crossed the finish line in 20:36 with Docherty on her heels in 20:38. Minnesota's top six runners all posted sub-21:00 times as senior Katie Moraczewski (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and sophomore Liz Berkholtz (Sun Prairie, Wis.) were the Gophers' third and fourth runners in 20:50, placing 67th and 68th overall.

At the Tori Neubauer Invitational, junior Chelsea Pettit (Savage, Minn.) finished in 22:27.5 as Minnesota's top five runners finished among the top 25 at the meet. Behind Pettit’s ninth-place showing, redshirt sophomore Hannah Trasser (Brookfield, Wis.) and junior Jillian Johnson (Green Bay, Wis.) rounded out the Gophers' top three finishers as Trasser took 17th in 22:35.4 and Johnson was 18th in 22:36.5. Minnesota posted 90 points, taking second behind Wartburg (81 points).

Gophers Top Nationally-Ranked Opponents

Minnesota entered last week’s Wisconsin adidas Invitational ranked No. 22 in the nation and defeated nine nationally ranked opponents in No. 4 Washington (ninth), No. 10 San Francisco (10th), No. 30 Notre Dame (13th), No. 15 Cornell (15th), No. 24 Boston College (16th), No. 25 Vanderbilt (19th), No. 26 BYU (24th), No. 17 Duke (25th) and No. 29 Texas (26th). In total, the 37-team field included 17 of the top 30 teams in the nation.

Gophers Jump to No. 15

Minnesota climbed seven places to No. 15 in this week’s USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Coaches' Poll (Oct. 22). Following head-to-head national competition at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and the Pre-Nationals meet last weekend, Arizona is the new No. 1, followed by No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 Georgetown, No. 4 Providence, and No. 5 Florida State.

Six Big Ten Conference teams are among the nation's top 30 as No. 6 Michigan State, No. 14 Michigan, No. 21 Indiana, No. 28 Wisconsin and No. 29 Penn State join No. 15 Minnesota in this week's national poll.

The Gophers remained the second-ranked Midwest Region squad in this week’s USTFCCCA Division I Regional Rankings (Oct. 21). Minnesota trails top-ranked Iowa State (No. 8 nationally) after the Cyclones flipped places with previously top-ranked Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are now third in the region and dropped out of the national poll.

2012 Jack’s Run Rewind

Cassy Opitz (Eden Prairie, Minn.) was the top women’s finisher at the 2012 Jack’s Run. Opitz crossed the finish line in 22:30.01, more than 11 seconds ahead of teammate Kate Bucknam (Cedar Falls, Iowa) in second place. The Gophers took the top five spots in the race, as Annie Talajkowski (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), Jamie Vandenberg (Niagara, Wis.), and Kaitlin Mincke (Farmington, Minn.) came in third through fifth, respectively.

Up Next: Big Ten Championships

The 2013 Big Ten Championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 3, in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue University will host the championship at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course. The women's race is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. CT. Admission is free for the event and parking in adjacent lots will be $10.

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