Gopher heptathlete Liz Roehrig had a record-setting day at the Bobby Lane Arlington Invitational in Arlington, Texas last weekend. The senior broke her own school record, qualified automatically for the NCAA national championships, and bettered the U.S. Olympic Trials "B" standard with her 5621 point performance.
She scored 5498 last season for the old record.
“What a great way for Liz to start the outdoor season,” said Golden Gopher head coach Matt Bingle. “She’s healthy again after the knee injury that affected her during the indoor NCAA meet. What is exciting it that this is just a starting point. She has plenty of room to improve.”
Roehrig (pictured) amassed her meet-winning total by clocking a career-best 14.13 in the 100-meter hurdles, clearing an NCAA Midwest Region Championships qualifying 5-10 in the high jump, throwing 41-9 1/4 in the shot put, and posting a career-best 24.60 in the 200 meters on Day One of the event. She long jumped 19-7 3/4 on Day Two, followed by a 110-11 javelin throw, and a 2:31.04 800 meters.
It was a successful weekend overall for the Gophers women and men whose teams were split between the Texas meet and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California. The Gopher women qualified 13 athletes to the NCAA Midwest Region meet in Des Moines on May 24-25. The Gopher men moved six athletes on the meet.
Click below to the GopherSports.com sites for all the details:
-- Women's Friday Recap
-- Women's Saturday Recap
-- Men's Friday Recap
-- Men's Saturday Recap
Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota.