ophers women finish 49th at NCAA track

Gophers women finish 49th at NCAA track

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Minnesota junior Aubrey Schmitt placed sixth in the shot put at the NCAA track and field championships this weekend. Schmitt’s performance earned her an All-American honor.

The Minnesota women’s track and field team placed 49th at the NCAA championships this weekend at Duke University.
Gophers junior Aubrey Schmitt collected the only three Minnesota points with a sixth place finish in the shot put.
The toss of 51 feet, 7 1/4 inches, earned Schmitt her first career outdoor All-American honor. She has two previous indoor All-American awards from the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Fellow Gopher senior Nicole Chimko also had a strong showing at nationals. Chimko’s throw of 157 feet, three inches, placed her 12th in the javelin.
Louisiana State defeated Southern California to win the team title.

Men’s track and field
On Minnesota’s men’s team, sophomore Andrew McKessock finished 9th in the 1,500m run with a time of 3:44.55.
Stanford’s Gabe Jennings won the event in a time of 3:37.76.
Two other Gophers, senior Eric Pierce (3,000m steeplechase) and junior Tom Gerding (400m), also competed at nationals but were both eliminated in the semifinal heats.
As for the team competition, Stanford broke Arkansas’ eight-year reign as men’s champion to win the national title.

Men’s golf
The Gophers’ golf team placed 12th at the NCAA championships this weekend in Opelika, Ala.
Junior James McLean, who won the NCAA individual championship as a freshman two years ago, shot a two-under-par 286 over the four rounds to finish tied for 34th.
McLean’s teammates, Ben Meyers and Martin LeMesurier, placed 47th and 53rd respectively.
The Gophers’ team finish marks the first time since 1942-44 that Minnesota has landed in the top 12 for three consecutive years.
Two years ago, the Gophers placed 7th, and last season they placed 11th.
Oklahoma State won the team championship in a one-hole-playoff win over Georgia Tech.

Big Ten baseball
Penn State, the only Big Ten team that advanced to the super regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament, was eliminated by Texas this weekend.
The Longhorns advance to the College World Series, while the Lions season is over. Penn State finished second at the Big Ten tournament at Siebert Field two weeks ago.

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