Minnesota competes in USA Nationals

Brittany Storoz

Four Gopher athletes have extended their season to compete in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Competition began Thursday for Minnesota when senior Heather Dorniden advanced to the semifinals of the 800-meter race. Her time of two minutes, six seconds in the semifinal heat on Friday was not enough to advance her to finals.

Senior Liz Roehrig competed Saturday and Sunday in the heptathlon, finishing sixth overall with 5,802 points. Roehrig had finished as the runner-up two weeks ago at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with 5,892 points.


Also competing Sunday were juniors Alicia Rue and Aaron Studt. Rue finished seventh overall in the pole vault after clearing 14-3 1/4. The vault was an improvement on her performance at the NCAA championships where she cleared 14-1 1/4. Studt, who had career-bests in shot put at the NCAA championships, ended the competition with no mark after fouling out on all three of his throws.