McKeag’s first throw of the day proved to be his best with a personal record of 63.97 meters (209-10 ft.).
Outdoor All-Americans Obsa Ali and Jackson Wellenstein lead the Maroon & Gold into competition with the action slated to run May 24-26 at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.
Behind Ali's 10 points as 3,000 meter steeplechase champion, the Gophers recorded 25 points on Saturday to jump up to sixth in the team standings ahead of Sunday's final day of competition.
Ali finished with a time of 8:51.25 in his first 3,000 meter steeplechase competition of the year, leading the National Relays field with a performance that ranks second in the Big Ten and 20th in the nation this year.
The Gophers finished sixth out of 16 teams in the relay competitions as Minnesota competed in four of the seven relays, totaling 13 points.
A 2017 graduate of Billings Senior High School • the 2017 Montana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year • a four-time individual Montana Class AA state champion • won three state titles as a senior with titles in the 4x400, the 1,600 meters and repeating in the 800 meters • his state championship in the 800 meters as a senior (1:50.22) broke a 31-year old Montana state record • Billings Senior also set a Montana Class AA record in the 4x400 (3:18.01) • a 2017 Second Team All-American (Milesplit), a four-year all-state and all-conference honoree • holds school records in the 800 meters (1:50.22), the 1,600 meters (4:15.31) and the 4x400 (3:18.01) • earned Academic All-State honors for track and cross country • a 12-time letter winner (four in track, four in cross country, four in choir) • competed as a prep for Sarah Lord and T.J. Umemoto • also claimed 800 meter titles on the national circuirt in 2017 at the Simplot Games and the Brooks PR Invitational.
Born May 5, 1998 • son of Randy and Jill LaRance • has one sister, Elizabeth • plans to major in psychology • lists breaking the 31-year old Montana 800 meters record and winning the Brooks PR 800 meters as his most memorable sports thrills • also enjoys trying new foods, meeting new people, listening to music and hanging out with friends.
Three 'U' Alums Set for USATF Championships
6/20/2018 - M. Track & Field
Representing the Maroon & Gold are Sean Donnelly in the hammer throw, Harun Abda in the 800 meters and Hassan Mead in the 1,500 meters.
Obsa Ali Captures NCAA Steeplechase Crown
6/8/2018 - M. Track & Field
Ali claimed the program's first national championship in the steeplechase by breaking his own school record at 8:32.23 on Friday night at Hayward Field.
Ali Advances to NCAA Steeplechase Final
6/6/2018 - M. Track & Field
Competing at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, Ali led the semifinal field with a time of 8:39.17 on Wednesday to advance to Friday's final at 7:54 p.m. CT.