Ben Peterson
Ben Peterson


Cody, Wyo.

High School:
Cody HS

Pole Vault


Siegmeier Earns Inaugural Bjorklund Award

A senior captain for the Gophers this season, Siegmeier is coming off his third overall conference title and second-straight Big Ten outdoor championship.


Gophers Close Out B1G Championships

Minnesota totaled 44 points over the three-day event at Purdue's Rankin Track & Field including several top-10 performances on Sunday in the meet finale.


Siegmeier, Yedoni Win B1G Titles

Zach Siegmeier won his third overall Big Ten title and Trevor Yedoni captured his first career conference title for the University of Minnesota.


Siegmeier Wins Big Ten Pole Vault Title

Siegmeier, who was the Big Ten outdoor pole vault champion last season as a junior, earned Minnesota's first indoor conference title since 2012 on Friday.


Abda, Siegmeier Add Titles as Gophers Finish Second at Big Tens

The Big Ten Network will air tape-delay coverage of the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at 12 p.m. CT on Sunday, May 19.

Career Highlights:
A three-time Big Ten pole vaulte champion (2008 indoor, 2010 indoor and outdoor) • ranks fourth in the pole vault on the Minnesota top-10 list outdoor (17-8 1/2) and tied for fifth indoor (17-6 1/2).

2010 Season
Indoor: Big Ten champion • cleared a career-best height of 17-6 1/2 to win the title • an NCAA provisional qualifier • vaulted in nine meets • captured five event titles. Outdoor: Captured his first Big Ten outdoor title • cleared a career-best of 17-8 1/2 to win the crown • attempted the bar at 18-feet for the first time • an NCAA Preliminary Meet competitor • placed 13th with a height of 17-2 3/4 • won four event titles • earned third varsity letter.

2009 Season:
Indoor: Eligible for a medical redshirt for both the indoor and outdoor seasons • competed in one meet, winning the Northwest Open with a indoor career-best of 17-4 1/2 • mark tied for sixth on Gophers' top-10 list and was an NCAA provisional qualifier • named Big Ten Field Event Athlete of the Week for Jan. 12 • suffered leg injury and missed the remainder of the season. Outdoor: Redshirted.

2008 Season:
Indoor: Big Ten champion in the pole vault • won title with a career-best height of 17-1 3/4, the sixth-best vault in school history • NCAA Championships provisional qualifier • won four titles. Outdoor: NCAA Championships automatic qualifier in the pole vault • cleared career-best of 17-5 in jump-off for fifth-place and automatic bid at NCAA Midwest Region Championships • mark is the fourth-best in Gopher history • All-Big Ten Second Team • Conference runner-up with a leap of 17-2 3/4, the fifth-best height in school history • named the BIg Ten Field Event Athlete of the Week after winning title at the Minnesota Open • won three titles in outdoor season • earned second varsity letter.

2008 Season:
Indoor: Competed in five meets • placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships with a height f 16-2 3/4 • won the Snowshoe Open with a mark of 16-6, placing him ninth on Minnesota's top 10 list • also placed sixth at the Jack Johnson Classic. Outdoor: Competed in seven meets • cleared a height of 16-6 3/4 at the Big Ten Championships to earn fifth place, at the time sixth on Minnesota's top-10 list • finished second at the Drake Alternative • varsity letterwinner.

High School:
A 2006 graduate of Cody High School • high school coach was Scott Shaffer • state champion in the pole vault and the high jump as a senior • also placed second at state in the high jump in indoor track • won the pole vault his junior year • holds the school record in the pole vault with a mark of 16-9 • all-state for two seasons • earned four letters in track and field and two letters in indoor track • lettered three times in baseball and was named all-state.

Born January 9, 1988 • kinesiology, exercise science major • parents are Russell and Mary Kay Peterson • sister Amanda competed in swimming at the University of South Dakota • brother Matt was a member of the golf team at Pacific University.


Minnesota Mourns Loss of "Lefty" Wright


The University of Minnesota mourns the loss of long-time cross country and track & field official Ralph Eugene "Lefty" Wright.

Gophers at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair


Meet your favorite Gopher student-athletes and coaches at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Mead Makes International Debut in Beijing


Hassan Mead finished 15th in the 10,000 meters at the IAAF World Championships this weekend.

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