Tuesday, September 11, 2007

News & Notes: Goucher, Gophers, HS Polls

Catching everybody up -- including yours truly -- on the latest in the sport ...

-- Kara Goucher appears to have a thing for the number three. The third place finisher at the World Track and Field Championships in Osaka in August finished third in the 3000 meters at the Grand Prix meet Rieti, Italy on Sunday in a blazing 8:34.99. The performance ranks the Duluth native #3 all-time in the U.S. over the distance. Only Mary Slaney, who ran 8:25.83 in 1985, and Shalane Flanagan, who ran 8:33.25 indoors earlier this year, are faster.

-- The Gopher men's cross country team won the BYU Autumn Classic 26-30 over the host Cougars. All-American Chris Rombough won the meet, running the four mile course in 19:16.5. True-freshman Hassan Mead was the team's #2 man, finishing 3rd overall in 19:31.5. Matt Barrett and Forrest Tahdooahnippah finished 5th and 6th in 19:47.1 and 19:48.9, respectively. Mike Torchia rounded out the Minnesota scoring in 11th in 19:59.2.

-- You can check out the latest high school cross country ratings HERE, on RaceberryJam. There's lots of movement in Girls Class AA. Prior Lake moves into the #1 slot in the division as former #1 Lakeville North drops to #5 and previously un-ranked Eden Praire ascends to #4 after its big win at the Faribault Invite. Katie Moraczewski of White Bear Lake's big individual win there over former #1 Laura Hughes of Mankato West and Michelle Volz of Lakeville North vaults her into the top spot in Class AA.


Chad said...

Any idea if Slaney's time was Indoors or Outdoors?

Charlie said...

It was outdoors ... at the Grand Prix Final in Rome.

1985 was a great year for Slaney -- after the crash in the LA Olympics in 1984. She ran: 1:56.90, 3:57.24, 416.71, and 15:06.53 along with the 8:25.