Gopher kicks off indoor season with Bang at Minnesota Open


Athletics | 01/08/2022 15:49:00

MINNEAPOLIS – The Golden Gophers claimed six combined wins on Saturday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse and achieved a number of personal bests along the way. The highlight of the game for Minnesota was Devia Brown who broke the competition record in the shot put with a mark of 16.34m (53-7 1/2).

The Browns’ mark came in on their third attempt of the afternoon and nearly hit another competition record throw on their final attempt a few minutes later. Brown, a 2020 Indoor All-American, was joined by Tess keyzer and McKenzie Duwenhoegger in the top three, all posting impressive marks to start the season. Keyzers launched his best mark since 2020 with a 16.02m (52-6 3/4) while Duwenhoegger’s throw of 15.45m (50-8 1/4) smashed his life record, indoors or outdoors.

First-year student Shelby frank started the party for the throwing group earlier today in the women’s shot put. The Grand Forks, ND native set a new life record of 20.03m (65-8 3/4) to crush her previous best mark of 18.77m (61-7) and the place 8th in the history of the program. . Frank’s score was good enough for a second place just behind Lara Boman, sister of female soccer player Gopher Sophia Boman, who was a finalist at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June 2021.

A few new faces made their home debuts on Saturday afternoon with Nyalaam jok and Zariyah Black both of them splashing about with wins in their respective events. After posting a 1.75m (5-8 3/4) last month at the SDSU Holiday Open, Jok tied that mark on his home debut for the win and confirmed his place at No.10 overall. times in the Minnesota Indoor Record Book. . Black continued this trend, winning her second straight competition in the 60m hurdles in 8.59, just 0.03 off her first time she recorded in December.

Other winners of the Minnesota Open include Jyala Campbell in the 200m, Anna muellner at 400m and Lexy berger in the women’s pole vault. Minnesota also had a handful of untethered athletes on the men’s side competing on Saturday afternoon. Finn schirmer set a life record of 8.08 in the 60m hurdles to claim the victory while Mike herauf eclipsed five meters to win the men’s pole vault at 5.01m (16-5 1/4) while Hannah morris won the women’s long jump with a jump of 5.55m (18-2 1/2).

Event Champions
Zariyah Black, 60m hurdles
Nyalaam jok, Big jump
Jayla campbell, 200m
Anna muellner, 400m
Hannah morris (Without tie), Long jump
Mike herauf (Without tie), pole vault
Lexy berger, Pole vault
Devia Brown, Shot put

The Gophers will continue their indoor campaign over the weekend of January 14-15. The Gophers will have a group lead at the St. Thomas Open with a trip to the inaugural Wisconsin Midwest Invitational in Chicago at the new Track and Field Center in Gately Park, a 139,000 square foot facility with a 200m incline track.

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