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quote:http://www.gophersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=38651&SPID=3300&DB_OEM_ID=8400&ATCLID=807097Minnesota?s women?s track and field team was crowned Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Champions for the first time in school history on Sunday in Champaign, Ill.The Gophers tallied 121.5 total points, easily defeating Michigan placing second with 108.5 points. Illinois took third with 107 points.Minnesota has now won two consecutive titles after winning the 2006 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.?It was just a great team effort,? interim head coach Matt Bingle said. ?The girls just had fun. It was two days of excitement, and both days the girls showed up and represented. It was a great feeling to get that second championship, the first indoor ever. We told them before we left to enjoy competing and to enjoy the pressure, and that?s what happened. It was like one big party the whole weekend.?Highlighting the meet for the Gophers was senior Liz Alabi, who won the weight throw with a distance of 69 feet, 3/4 inches. The mark bettered the Minnesota school record, which Alabi already held. Alabi swept the throwing events after being crowned shot put champion on Saturday (52-10 3/4).?That was huge,? Bingle said. ?She really stepped up to the plate. It was a great day for her as a senior to win both events as she did.?Minnesota scored 19 points in taking three of the top four places in the 800 meters. Sophomore Gabriele Anderson?s second-place time of 2 minutes, 8.141 seconds barely edged out teammate Jamie Cheever, who took third in a time of 2:08.144 seconds. Junior Julie Schwengler placed fourth with a time of 2:08.22. All three Gophers ran times good enough to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.The Gophers also scored multiple runners in the mile run. Senior Emily Brown placed second with a career-best time of 4:44.14, while sophomore Heather Dorniden took sixth in 4:47.40.Dorniden took second in the 600 meters, timing 1:28.62 to better her school record time of 1:29.31.Minnesota scored two in the high jump, with sophomore Caitlin Roemhildt tying for third with a leap of 5-8 3/4 and Liz Roehrig placing sixth.The Gophers? 4x400-meter relay of Rikita Butler, Ekene Obi, Kadian Douglas and Dorniden placed fifth with a time of 3:43.85.Douglas scored a point for the Gophers by placing eighth in the 60 meters (7.72), while Elizabeth Yetzer placed eighth in the 5000 meters with a time of 16:51.38.The Gophers will compete next weekend at the Iowa State Qualifier on Saturday, March 3 in Ames, Iowa.
quote:http://www.gophersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=38651&SPID=3300&DB_OEM_ID=8400&ATCLID=806172The No. 10 Minnesota women?s track & field team captured two individual titles and compiled 59 team points to build a 23-point lead after the first day of action at the 2007 Big Ten Indoor Championships in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday. Highlighting the day for the Golden Gophers was junior Liz Roehrig in the pentathlon and performance of the Minnesota shot putters, led by senior Liz Alabi.?We had a good first day and put ourselves in a great position for tomorrow,? said Golden Gopher interim head coach Matt Bingle. ?We scored well today in the event we thought we would and every runner that we thought should advance to the finals on the track did so for tomorrow. We?ll have to perform well tomorrow (to capture the title) but we?re excited and ready.?Roehrig, a Chilton, Wis., native, captured her third Big Ten pentathlon title writing a bit of Minnesota track & field history as the first Golden Gopher to win three straight indoor conference titles in the same event. Roehrig tallied 4,177 points, just four point shy of the Big Ten record, but her total bettered her own Minnesota record and NCAA automatic qualifying score.Roehrig was sixth after the 60-meter hurdles, running a time of 8.84 seconds. She grabbed the lead by winning her marquee event, the high jump, clearing 5-feet, 9 1/4 inches. Roehrig extended her lead by taking another first, landing a throw of 42-11 3/4 in the shot put. The lead was maintained by a third-place showing in the long jump as Roehrig recorded a best of 18-11 3/4.The Gophers? multi-event All-American headed into the pentathlon?s final event, the 800-meter run, with a 44 point lead. Roehrig finished off her third run to the Big Ten pentathlon title by posting a career-best time of 2:22.64 in the 800 meters.?Liz is a competitor,? added Bingle. ?She wasn?t feeling 100 percent, but she still found the will to run the fastest 800 meters of her career to capture the title. Liz really gutted it out in that last 200 meters.?Later in the afternoon, Roehrig added a seventh-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 19-3 1/4.Alabi won her first Big Ten title of her career in grand fashion, tossing a personal best in the shot put by over 2 feet. The Brooklyn Park native landed a throw of 52-10 3/4, the second-best throw in school history.Alabi was joined by top efforts by Liz Podominick and Kari Schmidt as the trio contributed an impressive 22 points to the team total with career-best performances. Podominick, competing in her first Big Ten indoor meet, heaved a toss of 52-10 1/4 in her final attempt, the third-best throw in Gopher history, to finish second. Schmidt finished fifth with a throw of 49-3.The Gopher distance medley relay ran to a runner-up finish with a NCAA provisional time of 11:31.15. The relay consists of Gabriele Anderson, Ekene Obi, Challis Larson and Jamie Cheever.Minnesota?s pole vaulters chipped in 14 points with Andrea Smith placing third (12-10), Ashley Nord fourth (12-10) and Alicia Rue sixth (12-6).Freshman Elizabeth Yetzer completed the scoring performances with a sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 9:41.44.Minnesota and Michigan are expected to battle for the team title. Both teams will enter Sunday?s competition with eight runners qualified for finals.The Gophers? 800-meter crew leads the way with four qualfiers to finals. Anderson ran the fifth-fastest time in school history at 2:08.81. She will be joined by Cheever, Julie Schwengler and Ayla Mitchell in the final field.Senior Emily Brown ran an NCAA provisional time of 4:48.08 in the mile to advance, while Heather Dorniden won her heat in a time of 4:50.70. Dorniden also advanced in the 600 meters with a time of 1:31.25 and will be joined by Brittni Swanson (1:34.19) in the final.Senior Kadian Douglas completes the list of finals? qualifiers, advancing in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.60 seconds.
Event 13 Women Pole Vault================================================================================= World: W 4.91m 2/12/2006 Yelena Isinbaeva, RUS American: U 4.81m 3/7/2004 Stacy Dragila, Nike Collegiate: C 4.53m 2/8/2002 Amy Linnen, Arizona NCAA Auto: A 4.20m NCAA Prov.: P 3.95m Conference: N 4.00m 2002 Ebbie Metzinger, Purdue Armory: I 4.12m 2002 Tracy O'Hara, U.C.L.A. Name Year School Finals Points=================================================================================Finals 1 Peck, Mallory SO Purdue 4.11mN 13-05.75 10 3.71 3.81 3.91 4.01 4.11 4.21 O XO O O XO XXX 2 Neuenswander, Vera FR Indiana 4.11mN 13-05.75 8 3.51 3.61 3.71 3.81 3.91 4.01 4.11 4.21 O O O XXO O O XO XXX 3 Smith, Andrea JR Minnesota 3.91m 12-10.00 6 3.61 3.71 3.81 3.91 4.01 O XO XO O XXX 4 Nord, Ashley JR Minnesota 3.91m 12-10.00 5 3.41 3.51 3.61 3.71 3.81 3.91 4.01 O O O O XO XO XXX 5 Whittaker, Ashley JR Illinois 3.91m 12-10.00 4 3.51 3.61 3.71 3.81 3.91 4.01 O O O O XXO XXX 6 Rue, Alicia FR Minnesota 3.81m 12-06.00 3 3.41 3.51 3.61 3.71 3.81 3.91 O XO O O XO XXX 7 Pintaro, Amanda JR Illinois 3.71m 12-02.00 2 3.51 3.61 3.71 3.81 O O O XXX 8 Soceka, Jenny SO Wisconsin 3.71m 12-02.00 1 3.71 3.81 XO XXX 9 Fairbairn, Caitlin FR Penn State 3.71m 12-02.00 3.41 3.51 3.61 3.71 3.81 O XO O XO XXX 10 Massey, Laura JR Minnesota 3.71m 12-02.00 3.41 3.51 3.61 3.71 3.81 XO O XO XO XXX 10 Dahlin, Amy SO Wisconsin 3.71m 12-02.00 3.41 3.51 3.61 3.71 3.81 XO O XO XO XXX 12 Burgett, Sarah SR Iowa 3.61m 11-10.00 3.41 3.51 3.61 3.71 XO XO XO XXX 13 Scheidegger, Samantha JR Illinois 3.61m 11-10.00 3.41 3.51 3.61 3.71 O O XXO XXX 14 Williams, Laura FR Indiana 3.51m 11-06.25 3.41 3.51 3.61 O O XXX 14 Conkle, Sarah FR Michigan 3.51m 11-06.25 3.41 3.51 3.61 O O XXX 14 Heinzmann, Lindsey SR Wisconsin 3.51m 11-06.25 3.41 3.51 3.61 O O XXX 17 Meissner, Jacqueline FR Penn State 3.51m 11-06.25 3.41 3.51 3.61 XO O XXX 17 Ziegler, Jacqueline SO Illinois 3.51m 11-06.25 3.41 3.51 3.61 XO O XXX 19 Pearson, Kristin SR Michigan 3.51m 11-06.25 3.51 3.61 XO XXX 19 Mehl, Jennifer JR Michigan 3.51m 11-06.25 3.41 3.51 3.61 O XO XXX 21 Willett, Kim JR Ohio State 3.41m 11-02.25 3.41 3.51 O XXX 22 Catino, Kelly SR Michigan 3.41m 11-02.25 3.41 3.51 XO XXX -- Miller, Stephanie JR Michigan State SCR