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.
The Gophers earned five titles on Saturday including a trio of Holst Invitational records.
Saturday's performance ranks sixth all-time at Minnesota and is the fastest Gophers time since 2012.
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).
4x400 Squad Qualifies for NCAA Championships
The No. 16 University of Minnesota men’s track & field program will send six competitors to the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next month in Oregon.
Donnelly, Hechsel Punch Championship Tickets
Sean Donnelly (hammer throw) and Mitch Hechsel (800 meters) both earned their first trips to the national outdoor competition.
Day One Action at NCAA West Prelim Postponed
Day one competition at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field West Preliminary Round has been suspended due to inclement weather.