It's like a huge cattle-drive!
There's so much happening in the sport right now, we need a big ol' round-up to keep things under control. Here, then, is the latest from the sport in Minnesota.
Gearman, McGinnis 1-2 ... Former Golden Gopher jumps star Derek Gearman and the Gophers reigning Big Ten heptathlon champ R.J. McGinnis are currently in 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the Drake Relays decathlon. Gearman, a Minnesota State - Mankato assistant coach, tallied 4086 first-day points; McGinnis scored 4010. Find more details HERE.
Rue vaults 13-5 1/2 at Hamline ... Gopher pole vault star Alicia Rue won the pole vault at the Hamline Twilight meet last night with a 13-5 1/4 clearance. Teammate Samantha Sonnenberg was second at 13-1 1/2. Find more info HERE.
Rue, Gopher heptathlete Liz Roehrig, and a handful of teammates will compete at the Sooner Invite this weekend, at the site of the NCAA Championships in June.
Gophers Head to Drake ... The Gopher men's and women's teams are expecting exciting things at the 100th Drake Relays this weekend. The Gopher men's and women's previews are HERE and HERE, respectively.
Gopher Women Now #18 ... The U of M women's team fell three spots to #18 in the NCAA Division I Track and Field poll this week. The Gopher men, ranked #23 in the previous poll, fell out of the top-25 this week. Find the full rankings HERE.
Team USA Minnesota to California ... Six Team USA Minnesota runners will compete this weekend at the loaded Brutus Hamilton Invitational at the University of California. They'll compete in the special NYRR Distance Carnival sponsored by the New York Road Runners.
Emily Brown and Carrie Tollefson will race 5000 meters; Katie McGregor and Meghan Armstrong will race in the women's 10,000m; and Matt Gabrielson and Josh Moen will compete the men's 10,000. Find more details HERE.
Goucher Named Athlete of the Week ... Kara Goucher was named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week for her 3rd place finish at Monday's Boston Marathon.
Elite Meet Fields Set ... Startlists for the Friday night events at the Hamline Elite Meet have been posted HERE. We'll preview the meet tomorrow morning on DtB ... and then provide live coverage of Friday's action, beginning when the first starting pistol fires at 5:30 p.m.