Kerr doesn’t make cut at NCAAs

Kristian Pope

Minnesota’s Rob Kerr shot a 7-over-par 79 Thursday at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., and did not qualify for today’s third round.
Kerr, the only Gophers golfer at NCAAs this year, shot a two-day total of 157 at the Honors Country Club to tie for 99th. The cutoff to qualify for the remaining two rounds was 150.
Stanford’s Tiger Woods took the individual lead with a 67 Thursday for a total of 136. Brad Elder of Texas was second with a 68 (139).
Arizona State retained its team lead with 586 after two rounds. UNLV was second with 587 followed by Florida with 596.
Softball team finishes No. 19
The Gophers softball team, with a 44-18 record, finished the 1996 season ranked 19th in the final USA Today coaches’ poll.
National champion Arizona (58-9) was in the top spot after receiving 20 first place votes.
Washington (59-9) was second and UCLA (47-11) was third. Iowa (49-19) and Southwestern Louisiana (46-10) round out the top five.
Townsend, Peterson honored
Lori Townsend was given the Big Ten Medal of Honor and she and Dana Peterson were named co-senior athletes of the year at the annual women’s athletics department’s banquet Wednesday night at the Radisson Metrodome.
Townsend, a four-time All-American in track and an NCAA cross country qualifier, graduated in March with a 3.78 GPA as a graphic communications major.
Peterson, who became the second women’s tennis player in Gophers history to play at the NCAA tournament this year, also carries a 3.78 GPA as a biology major.
Gold Country Run
The first-ever Gold Country 5K run will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bierman Athletics Complex.
Race registration is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Call 624-8080 for more information.