The No. 15 Minnesota men's indoor track & field team returns to action this weekend with the fifth-annual Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa.
Field events are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT with running events to follow at 12:30 p.m.
Minnesota continues the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday with the 1,500 meter semifinals (John Simons), the 4x400 meter relay semifinals (Abda, Jacob Capek, Kevin Bradley, Cameron Boy) and the hammer throw finals (Quentin Mege, Micah Hegerle).
Seven individual competitors as well as the 4x400 relay team will compete for the Gophers in Eugene, Ore.
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
2012 Season - Indoor: Ran the third leg of the Gopher's 4x400-meter relay team that placed third and posted the fifth-fastest time in school history at the Big Ten Championships (3:09.52) also ran the second leg of the distance medley relay and competed in the 400m ran the first leg of the 4x400m relay that placed fifth with the fourth-fastest time in school history at the Alex Wilson Invitational (3:06.87) 4x400m team won at the Bill Bergan Invite (3:09.93) and the Jack Johnson Classic (3:15.30) won the open 400m at both the Snowshoe Open and Jack Johnson Classic with times of 48.16 and 48.38, respectively ran the first leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that took third at the Iowa State Classic (3:09.00) finished second in the 400m at the Bill Bergan Invite (48.08) placed fourth in the 600m at the Holiday Inn Invitational (1:20.42). Outdoor: NCAA Championships competitor in the 4x400-meter relay ran a 47.89 in the 400 meters at the Big Ten Championships also ran the first leg of the 4x400-meter relay (3:06.50) ran the first leg for the 4x400m team that won the Mt. SAC Relays with the 10th-fastest time in school history (3:07.55) finished second in the 400m at the Tom Cat Twilight (47.92) placed fifth at the Stanford Invite (48.10) ran the third leg of the 4x400m team that finished second at the ASU Invite (3:11.53) Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Season Indoor:ran his fastest time in the 400m (47.87) at the Bill Bergan Invite took the second leg of the 4x400 relay at the same invite in which the group finished first with a time of 3:11.24 finished fifth in the 400m at the Big Ten Championships.Outdoor:ran the third leg at the NCAA championships for the Gopher's 4x400 relay (3:06.83) that finished 11thoverall same group took fourth at the Big Ten's clocking in 3:08.12 took seventh at the Big Ten championships in the 400m with a time of 48.06member of the Drake Relay winning Distance Medley Relay team.
2011 Season Indoor:ran his fastest time in the 400m (47.87) at the Bill Bergan Invite took the second leg of the 4x400 relay at the same invite in which the group finished first with a time of 3:11.24 finished fifth in the 400m at the Big Ten Championships.Outdoor:ran the third leg at the NCAA championships for the Gopher's 4x400 relay (3:06.83) that finished 11thoverall same group took fourth at the Big Ten's clocking in 3:08.12 took seventh at the Big Ten championships in the 400m with a time of 48.06member of the Drake Relay winning Distance Medley Relay team All-American.
2010 Season - Indoor: Competed in three events ran the 400 meters at the Big Ten Championships clocking a time of 50.44 in prelims placed fourth in the 400 meters at the Bill Bergan Invitational with a season-best time of 48.84 top time in 600 meters was 1:22.56 at Jack Johnson Classic. Outdoor:Ran in seven meets clocked a season-best time of 48.00 in 400 meters in Big Ten prelim won the event at the TomCat Twilight a member of Gophers' 4x400-meter relay and sprint medley relay at the Drake Relays an Academic All-Big Ten honoree varsity letterwinner.
2009 Season - Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
High School: A 2008 graduate of Mounds View High School high school coaches were Dick Riter and Ross Fleming four-time all-state performer, three coming in relays ran on the 2007 Minnesota Class AA champion 4x400-meter relay finished third in the 400 meters that season as well (49.18) competed in the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals placing fourth in 4x400m relay.
Personal: Born June 1, 1989 undecided on a major son of Sue Bradley has a younger brother Eric hobbies include reading and skating.
Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals
Mead and Blankenship recorded the best Olympic finishes by Gophers since Staffan Strand finished sixth in the high jump for Sweden during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Blankenship Punches Ticket to Olympic Final
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.
Mead Moves on to Olympic 5,000 Final
Mead races in the 5,000 meter final at Olympic Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT.