Several members of both the men’s and women’s Minnesota Golden Gophers track and field team are in Sacramento, California this weekend for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. Sixteen members of the men’s team will compete in ten different events while nineteen members of the women’s team will compete in fourteen different events. The athletes will achieve to be one of the top-12 finishers in their various events which will get them a trip to the NCAA Track and Field Championship Finals in Eugene, Oregon in two weeks.
Competing for the Gopher men are:
400 Meters: Jonathan Webb, Jackson Wellenstein
800 Meters: Dawson LaRance, Chris Trotter
1,500 Meters: Derek Wiebke, Shane Streich
3,000 Meter Steeplechase: Obsa Ali, Alec Basten
4x400 Meter Relay: Jonathan Webb, Matthew Baker, Ben Psicihulis, Jackson Wellenstein
High Jump: Ryan Lockard
Long Jump: Mason Roomes
Triple Jump: Sammie Houston
Shot Put: Jonathan Tharaldsen
Hammer Throw: Kieran McKeag, Jon Nerdal
Competing for the Gopher women are:
100 Meter Hurdles: Emma Spagnola
400 Meters: Emerald Egwim, Titania Markland
400 Meter hurdles: Emma Spagonla, Rachel Schow
5,000 Meters: Bethany Hasz
10,000 Meters: Megan Hasz
4x400 Meter Relay: Emerald Egwim, Titania Markland, Rachel Schow, Val Larson
3,000 Meter Steeplechase: Madeline Strandemo
Hammer Throw: Agnes Esser, Nayoka Clunis, Temi Ogunrinde
Shot Put: Kiley Sabin, Nayoka Clunis, Shay Nielsen
Discus: Agnes Esser, Kiley Sabin
Javelin: Nicolle Murphy, Ayesha Champagnie
High Jump: Heta Tuuri, Ashley Ramacher
Triple Jump: Shanique Wright
Pole Vault: Karlie Place
Heptathlon: Ayeshia Champagnie
The meet got underway on Thursday with Spagnola advancing to the quarterfinals of the 400-meter hurdles and Egwim and Markland advancing to the quarterfinals of the 400 meters for the Gopher women. Rachel Schow saw her meet end after her heat in the 400 meter hurdles.
Shane Stretch make the quarterfinals of the 1,500 meters and Jack Wellenstein and Jonathan Webb made the quarterfinals of the 400 meters for the Gopher men.
The events begin again Friday and continue into Saturday. You can follow live results of the meet HERE.