Senior All-America Taylor Berg just missed 23-year-old school record to highlight the Tommie women’s track and field at Friday’s non-team scored St. Olaf Invite.
While the rest of the women’s track & field team competed in an intrasquad meet at home on Friday night, a total of 11 athletes traveled to Northfield for the St. Olaf Co-ed Invitational on Friday, in a meet that also featured UW-River Falls, Gustavus, and host St. Olaf.
Junior Christina Rozeske was the lone sprinter representing the Tommies. The dual- sport athlete who is also a member of the UST hockeyteam, won her prelim of the 60-meter dash in 8.17 seconds, and came back to win finals with a time of 8.09 seconds. The performance currently ranks her second in the conference behind teammate Erika Tipp.
Sophomore Kayla Goeman took first place in the mile run with a personal best 5:19.04, with freshman Gabrielle Pepin close behind in third in 5:21.21, a nine-second improvement over the week before. Goeman and Pepin traded off leading throughout the race to keep the pace quick before Kayla pulled away with a 36.8 second last 200 meters to secure the win.
Goeman came back less than hour later to win the 600 in 1:42.50, after staying back off the leader through 400m she kicked by the St. Olaf runner in the last 50 meters for the win.
In the 1000m run, freshmen Emily Gapinski (3:08.10) and Megan Terukina (3:08.57) ran to third and fourth place finishes, which putsthem both in the top five on the conference honor roll. The pair teamed up with freshman teammates Annie Joslyn and Kate Mares to place fourth in the 4x400.
The most anticipated event of the night was in the women’s 3000, where cross country All-Americas Berg and Erin Statz made their 2013 season debuts and were the top collegiate finishers with conference leading times of 9:51.44 and 10:02.07, respectively, both career-bests.
The race was out quick as Berg helped trade pacing duties with the post-collegians in the field and crossed the mile split in 5:14.6. Erin stayed back when the pace quickened 400 into the race and passed through the mile at 5:21. Both athletes were able to maintain the paces they set through the mile and finished strong with 37-second final laps.
The performance by Berg was only two seconds from Gretchen Farkas’ school record of 9:49.15 set in 1990, and the time currently ranks as the second fastest for 3,000 meters nationally for Division III.
The Tommies return to action next Saturday when they travel to Waverly, Iowa to compete in the Wartburg Select Meet hosted by Wartburg College.
Most of the UST team competed Friday in an intrasquad meet at Anderson Fieldhouse. Winners were Erika Tipp in the 60 meters (8.09); Maggie Harris in the 200 (27.39); Aimee Junget in the 400 (1:02.98); Morgan Lyons in the 600 (1:54.35); Katie Ryan in the 60 hurdles (9.67); Chelle Wanta in thehigh jump (4-8 1-4); Abby Baier in the pole vault (10-0); Bailey Cook in the long jump (14-8); Haley Zajac in the shot put (36-6 3-4) and weight throw (48-2 1-2).
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