Erin Hawkins-DM Roosevelt-Minnesota
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Hawkins Leads Gophers at Musco

Erin Hawkins-DM Roosevelt-Minnesota ©Jim Kirby

Erin Hawkins-DM Roosevelt-Minnesota
©Jim Kirby

The Minnesota women’s track & field team won six event titles and earned 18 career-best marks as the Golden Gophers competed at Iowa’s Musco Twilight meet Saturday evening.

The Gophers won both the 4×100-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay crowns. The 4x400m team of Jessica Waldvogel, Emerald Egwim, Erin Hawkins and Titania Markland finished in 3:36.89, their best of the season and the second fastest time in program history. Meanwhile, the 4x100m team of Egwim, Emma Spagnola, Waldvogel and Hawkins won in 45.72 seconds.

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Minnesota won three titles and earned seven career bests in the throwing events led by Agnes Esser, who had three career-best throws and a first-place finish in the discus. Esser won the discus with a career-best throw of 54.38m (178-05.25) and placed fifth in both the hammer (58.40m, 191-07.50) and the shot put (14.35m, 47-01).

Devin Stanford took home the title in the hammer throw with a career-best throw of 61.82m (202-10.25) to improve her Minnesota program record. Ke-ke Burks finished fourth with a personal best throw of 58.62m (192-04.25), and she and Esser moved into sixth and seventh in program history, respectively. Angie Guenther also picked up a career-best mark in the hammer at 56.50m (185-04.75).

Nicolle Murphy won the javelin with a season-best throw of 50.03m (164-1), while Rachel Melum took second with a career-best throw of 46.68m (153-2).

The Gophers also took home the title in the 1,500-meter run as Haley Johnson won in a career-best 4:30.20. Fellow Gophers Becca Dyson (season-best 4:31.40), Jamie Piepenburg (career-best 4:32.72), Taylor Mikkalson (career-best 4:38.82) and Madeline Strandemo (career-best 4:41.39) all set milestones and finished in the top 11 as well.

Ally McSherry shattered her career best in the 800-meter run with a third-place time of 2:07.42, taking over four seconds off her previous season-best time. McSherry moved into seventh in program history and led a charge of five Gophers in the 800m. Anne Ferguson (2:10.39) and Stacey Swatek (2:10.55) also recorded career bests in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

The sprints included a career-best for Erin Hawkins in the 100-meter dash, clocking an 11.63 to take third place at the Musco Twilight and improve on her all-time fifth-place ranking in Minnesota history.

In the 400-meter dash, Markland recorded a runner-up showing in 53.86 seconds, and Lauren Domski (56.43) and Kat Keller (56.70) both recorded career-best times for fifth and seventh place, respectively.

The 100-meter hurdles saw Amanda Beckman record a career-best time of 15.23 seconds for fifth place, and Spagnola was the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:00.64.

Minnesota also competed at Hamline’s Meet of the Un-Saintly on Saturday, highlighted by Katie Murgic’s career-best mark in the pole vault. Murgic cleared 4.15m (13-07.25) to move into sole possession of fourth place among all-time Gopher pole vaulters.

Next weekend, members of the team will compete at the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open on Friday, May 8, and the Gophers will prepare for the Big Ten Championship the following weekend.