Gophers look to finalize Big Ten Championship roster after 10th annual Jack’s Twilight Run

Sophomore Elyse Prescott led the Gophers with a second-place finish.

Anthony Bryant

Runners at the 10th annual Jack’s Twilight Run on Friday evening had extra incentive to leave an impression, as the Gopher women’s cross country team used the results to finalize their roster in anticipation of the Big Ten Championship kick-off on Sunday.

Sophomore Elyse Prescott (20:56.7) led the No. 19 Gophers with a second-place finish. Julia Webb from the Bowerman Track Club finished first overall with a time of 20:47.1 in the six-kilometer race at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“Now it’s just about staying in the zone and not being distracted by outside factors,” said head coach Sarah Hopkins. “If we just focus on what matters and keep focus on the process, the outcome will take care of itself.”

In total, 22 Gopher runners participated, with 19 of  them posting personal bests. Other notable performances were Jaycie Thomsen (unattached) (21:13.2) and Molly Eastman (21:20.2), who came in fourth and fifth place.

Zetta Mason (21:28.6), Paige Peschel (21:35.8), and Ally Smith (21:47.3) rounded out the top 10 for the team with sixth, ninth, and 10th place performances. 

The Gophers will head to Bloomington, Indiana for the 2017 Big Ten Championship on Sunday, where the team hopes to carry that focus over to the course. 

“I feel really confident with our group,” Hopkins said. “And then for regionals and nationals we just have to keep building and keep growing.