Outdoor track starts for the men’s program, women on the street indoors

Athletics | 02/10/2022 19:06:00

MINNEAPOLIS — The Golden Gophers track and field team will compete in both outdoor and indoor competitions across most of the country this weekend. The Minnesota men will run in California at the RCC Early Bird and the CSUN All-Comers outdoors, while the women will travel to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic and Fayetteville, Ark. for the Tyson Invite. The entire promotion will take place from February 11th to 12th.


About the 2022 Iowa State Classic
The Gophers, returning to Ames for the second time this season, will compete at the Iowa State Classic on February 11-12. The competition begins on Friday at 12:00 p.m. with long jump, weight throw, pole vault and high jump. The running competitions also begin on Friday at 12 noon with the heats over 60 m hurdles. The competition on Saturday also starts at 12 noon with triple jump, shot put, pole vault and high jump. The running competitions on Saturday begin at 12 noon with the 60-meter heats. Notable teams competing in Ames include TCU, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Colorado State, Notre Dame, and the host State of Iowa.

About the Tyson invitation 2022
Similar to Iowa State, the Gophers will compete in Arkansas for the second time this indoor season at Tyson Invite 2022. The meeting will be streamed on SEC Network+ with live results available on flashresults.com. The meeting begins on Friday, February 11 at 2:15 p.m. with the women’s long jump. Track events begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Notable teams competing in Fayetteville include Alabama, Arizona State, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Kansas State, LSU, Missouri, North Carolina A&T, NC State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tennessee and the hosts, Arkansas.

Last Time Out: Gopher Classic and Meyo invite you
The University of Minnesota track and field team continued their impressive indoor campaign this past weekend at the Gopher Classic (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and the Meyo Invite (South Bend, Indiana), earning a total of 17 wins between the two meetings. A pair of top 10 program notes were set by Odell Frye (60m) and Abby Kohut-Jackson (3000 m) along with a number of personal records. Kohut-Jackson’s 3000m performance goes down as No. 2 in program history, where she sat earlier this season with her performance at the Wooo Pig Classic. On Saturday, the Huxley, Iowa native lowered her lifetime best time at the event to 9:04.07, almost six seconds (5.97) better than her previous time, and finished second at the Meyo Invitational. The winner of the event was teammate Bethany Hasz, who made her season debut at the event after only appearing in the 5000m earlier this season. Back in Minneapolis Odell Frye wowed Minnesota fans with a time of 7.38 in the 60-yard final to win the Gopher Classic. The Waseca, Minnesota native, who transferred here from Iowa Central Community College, set a new life best to put her name #4 on the Gophers’ all-time 60-meter dash list.

The Golden Gophers rank nationally
Nearing the end of the regular indoor season, the Gophers currently have five different events that rank in the top 20 nationally. Devia Brown is the highest-ranked singles player from 11th-ranked Minnesota in the shot put at 17.08m (56-0 1/2). The Maroon and Gold have too Allison Gerads (pentathlon), Bethany Hasz (5000m/3000m) and Abby Kohut-Jackson (3000 m) also in the top 20.

More gophers break into the top 10
Another pair of top 10 marks from the program were set last weekend Odell Frye and Abby Kohut-Jackson Join the fun this indoor season. In addition to this duo, Minnesota’s other current top 10 brands have been posted by Jayla Campbell (400m, 54.58), Maya Maunsbach (60m hurdles, 8.53) and Nyalaam Jok (high jump, 1.78 m).

Last time at the Iowa State Classic
The last time the team competed at the Iowa State Classic was in 2019 when the team was led by Amira Young, among other things. The Gophers finished the meeting with eight event titles and added six crowns on day two Hannah Morris (Long Jump) Highlighting the second day of action. Other notable gophers who ran quality times in 2019 who are still competing in 2022 are Megan Hasz (5000m) and Bethany Hasz (3000m).


About the 2022 RCC Early Bird and CSUN All-Comers
A small portion of the men’s team will open their outdoor season with a competition in California this weekend. Beginning with the RCC Early Bird in Riverside, Calif. on Friday, February 11, the Gophers will then compete at the CSUN All-Comers Meet in Northridge, Calif. on Saturday, February 12. Friday’s meeting begins at 11 a.m. CT. Live scores throughout the weekend in California are unavailable and will be released after meetings are complete.

The women’s team will conclude its regular indoor season with the Snowshoe Open on February 18 at the U of MN Fieldhouse. The postseason kicks off with the Big Ten Indoor Championships February 25-26 in Geneva, Ohio. The men will not return to outdoor action until March 18 at the Black and Gold Invite in Orlando, Fla.

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