Sabin excels on her birthday; Eastman highlights Drake Relays

Kiley Sabin set the program record in the shot put at 55 feet, 5 inches.

Redshirt senior Titania Markland competes during the Border Battle at the Field House on Saturday.

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Redshirt senior Titania Markland competes during the Border Battle at the Field House on Saturday.

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The Gophers broke records again this weekend. This time, it was in Louisville on an athlete’s birthday.

No. 10 Minnesota competed in the Louisville Lenny Lyles and Clark Wood Invite in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday and Saturday, where it broke two program records and won seven titles.

On Kiley Sabin’s birthday, she set the program record in the shot put at 55 feet, 5 inches finishing second. Clunis had a personal record in the event at a throw of 52 feet, 7.5 inches to finish fourth, which made her fifth all-time in program history. 

“I definitely was really hoping to improve on my mark from last year,” Sabin said. “With indoor going so well I was just waiting for that mark to come out, so I’m really happy that happened, especially on my birthday.”

Temi Ogunrinde won her second straight hammer throw in as many weeks, winning the competition with a throw of 220 feet. Agnes Esser came in third at 204 feet, 9 inches and Nayoka Clunis finished fourth at 202 feet, 9 inches.

Last week, Emma Spagnola moved into first in program history in the 400-meter hurdles. This week, she set the all-time record in the 100-meter hurdles at a time of 12.97 seconds. 

Rachel Schow broke her personal record in the event as well at 13.51 seconds, finishing fourth and moving into third all-time in Minnesota history.

“This week with breaking the 100 hurdle record, I think it was more exciting just because I broke 13 [seconds] and that’s just a really cool thing to do,” Spagnola said.

Lindsey Smits cracked the top-10 in Minnesota history in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal record in 59.89 seconds. 

Titania Markland won the 800-meter run at 2:08.16 and Val Larson came in third at 2:11.83. Karlie Place won the pole vault at a mark of 13 feet, 2 inches, Lexi Kiefer finished fifth at 12 feet, 8.25 inches. Heta Tuuri won the high jump with a jump of 5 feet, 8.5 inches, Taylor Wiebke was fifth in the event at 5 feet, 4.5 inches.

The 4x100m relay team of Schow, Markland, Spagnola and Emerald Egwim finished second at 44.97 seconds.

“The culture right now is very much of that they really care about each other and support each other and they also challenging each other,” head coach Matt Bingle said. “They’re really into each other and are on a mission and that’s what you want to see as a coach, it makes it fun. I can’t wait to get to work tomorrow.”

Eastman shines in Drake Relays

The Gophers competed in the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday and Friday 

On Thursday, Molly Eastman finished second in the 5,000 meter race, running a personal record of 16:58.10. Paige Peschel ran a personal record of 2:10.16 in the 800 meter coming in at sixth in the event.

On Friday, the 4×1600 meter relay team of Madeline Strandemo, Abby Kohut-Jackson, Megan Hasz, and Bethany Hasz ran a time of 19:26.92 and finished third. 

Some members of the team competed at the Macalester Janis Rider Invite in St. Paul. Redshirt sophomore Sophia Anderson won 200-meter and 400-meter dash at the meet.