The Gophers totaled 283 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
A Bismarck, N.D. native and the 2014-15 Gatorade North Dakota Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Tharaldsen paced the shot put field with his winning toss of 18.18 meters (59-07.75 ft.).
Donnelly was one of six Gophers throwers in action at the meet – all of whom posted top-10 finishes.
The Gophers close out the weekend on Saturday, continuing action at the Virginia Challenge while also sending a contingency of competitors to the Carlelton Relays in Northfield, Minn.
2015 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Indoor Season: In shot put competition, placed fourth three times (Minnesota Open, Wisconsin Dual, and Snowshoe Open) including setting a new personal record of 16.74 meters at the Wisconsin Duel. • Placed 23rd at the B1G Indoor Championships. Outdoor: In discus play had top finishes at the Hamline Twilight placing fourth and placing fifth in the Tom Cat Twilight. • In the shot put, finished fourth at the Carelton Relays and third in the Golden Bear Twilight.
2014 | REDSHIRT SEASON
Indoor: Did not compete. Outdoor: Unattached at the Hamline Invitational placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 14.02 meters (46-00.00) and sixth in the discus with a throw of 50.04 meters (164-02). • Placed second unattached in the shot put at the 2014 Holst Invitational with a throw of 14.50 meters (47-07.00). • Unattached at the Carelton Relays finished second in the discus with a throw of 48.26 meters (158-04). • Unattached at the SMU Cardinal Open finished 9th in the shot put with a throw of 12.76 meters (41-10.50) and won the jr. discus with a throw of 53.40 meters (175-02). • Won the discus unattached at the Tom Cat Twilight with a throw of 49.21 meters (161-05). •Won the jr. discus unattached at the Musco Twilight with a throw of 54.98 meters (180-04). • Placed 8th unattached in the discus at the USATF Jr. Championships with a throw of 55.05 meters (180-07).
‘U’ Alum Siegmeier Joins Gophers Staff
A two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, Zach Siegmeier will serve as director of operations for men's track & field and cross country.
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.