List of student-athletes with a 3.7 or better GPA grows by 26 percent
Minnesota's Total is up from 123 Following the 2011 Spring Seasons
Mead and Hutton make it seven Gophers individuals advancing nationals
Hutton (1,500), Pachuta (800) and Abda (800) all move on to quarterfinals
23 student-athletes to compete
An 2010, 2011, and 2012 NCAA Preliminary Meet competitor All-Big Ten Second Team in 2010 ranks eighth in school history in the outdoor shot put (60-1 3/4) and 10th in the weight throw (61-5 1/2).
2012 Season - Indoor: Placed fifth and set the seventh-best distance in school history in the shot put at the Big Ten Championships with a toss of 60-6 1/2 (18.45m) won the shot put at the Northwest Open with a throw of 58-7 1/4 (17.86m) won at the Jack Johnson Classic (57-10 1/2) won at the Brooks Classic (57-5) won the Snowshoe Open (57-3) finished fourth at the Husker Invite (59-8 1/2). Outdoor: NCAA West Preliminary competitor in shot put placed sixth in the shot put at the Big Ten Championships with a throw of 60-1 3/4 (18.33m) also finished 11th in discus with a toss of 171-2 (52.18m) won the shot put at the Aztec Invite with a throw of 58-1/4 finished fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays (59-2 1/4) won the discus at the Aztec Invite with a throw of 177-02 (54.01m) placed third at both the UNI Open (178-3) and Hamline Invite (166-0) Academic All-Big Ten with a 4.0 GPA.
2011 Season - Indoor:finished fifth at the Big Ten championships in the shot put with a toss of 59-9 ½ (18.22m) won the Snowshoe Open with a throw of 57-0 ¾ (17.39m). Outdoor: Finished 15th at the NCAA West Prelim in the shot put with a toss of 57-0 ¼ won the Baldy Castillo Invite (57-1 ½) took first at the Mesa Classic (56-11) won the Musco Twilight (56-10) and TomCat Open (55-10 ¼) had a season-best throw (173-9) in the discus at the Hamline Unsaintly letterwinner.
2010 Season - Indoor: Threw in six meets placed fourth in the shot put in the Big Ten Championships with a season-best throw of 59-11 3/4 also competed in the weight throw at the Conference meet placed fourth in the weight throw at the Bill Bergan Invitational with a career-best throw of 61-4 1/4, the eighth-best toss in school history won the shot put at the Snowshow Open. Outdoor: Competed in the shot put (54-7 1/4) and discus (158-11) at the NCAA Preliminary Meet All-Big Ten Second Team Big Ten runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 60-0 1/2, his first mark over 60 feet and the eighth-best toss in school history added a third-place finish in the Big Ten discus with a season-best throw of 172-5 an Academic All-Big Ten honoree earned his second varsity letter.
2009 Season - Indoor: Competed in six meets threw both shot put and hammer at Big Ten meet landed top effort in shot put of 56-9 1/2 at Nebraska Adidias Classic heaved the weight 60-1 1/4 at the Snowshoe Open. Outdoor: NCAA Region Championships competitor in the discus and shot put top throw in the shot put was 55-7 at the Big Ten Championships tossed the discus a Gopher season-best of 172-8 at the Mesa Classic Academic All-Big Ten varsity letterwinner.
2008 Season - Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Football - Two-year letterwinner at the center position started in the 2008 Insight Bowl started five games in 2008, one in 2009 missed the second half of sophomore season with an ankle injury.
High School:A 2007 graduate of Farmington (Minn.) High School high school coach was Mark Froehling three-star recruit ranked as the 31st-best offensive guard in the nation and the fourth-best player in Minnesota by Rivals three-star performer ranked the 62nd-best defensive tackle in the nation and the sixth-best player in Minnesota by Scout selected to the SuperPrep Midwest Team as the 50th-best player named to the PrepStar Midwest Region Team was a 2006 first team Associated Press All-State selection ranked 21st overall among guards and centers by recruiting expert Tom Lemming named to the 2006 Minnesota Vikings All-State Team three-year starter on both offensive and defensive line was a finalist for Minnesota's Mr. Football his senior season led Farmington to a 10-1 mark and an appearance in the Class 5A Section I championship game his junior season named first team All-Metro by KARE-11 and the Star Tribune and was a second team all-state selection by the Pioneer Press.
Personal: Born Nov. 1, 1988 history major parents are Craig and Kelly Davis.
‘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.