Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
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
Hutton (1,500), Pachuta (800) and Abda (800) all move on to quarterfinals
23 student-athletes to compete
A three-time NCAA Preliminary Round competitor in the 10,000 meters a 2010 and 2011 NCAA All-Midwest Region honoree in cross country veteran of three NCAA Cross Country Championships.
2012 Season - Indoor: Ran a 4:12.70 mile at the Jack Johnson Classic ran an 8:20.86 in the 3,000 meters at the Bill Bergan Invite ran a 1:57.68 in the 800 meters at the Snowshoe Open. Outdoor: NCAA West Preliminary competitor in the 10,000 meters finished eighth in the 10,000m at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 29:31.68 also competed in the 5,000m (14:20.98) ran a 14:00.75 in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invite, setting the ninth-fastest time in school history Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 season Indoor:competed at the Minnesota Open in the 800 meter and finished fifth(2:00.16) took fifth at the Snowshoe Open in the mile (4:13.50) competed at the Minnesota Open in the mile and took second (4:17.13) competed at the Bill Bergen Invitational in the 3000 meters and finished first (8:17.33) competed at the Husky Classic and finished with a time of 4:11.9 in 5,000 meter competed at the Big Ten Championship in the 5,000 meter and finished fourteenth (14:27.47)Outdoor: finished fourth at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in the 1,500 meter (3:54.82) took second at the Macalester Twilight in the 1,500 meters (3:55.41) competed in the 5,000 in the Big Ten Championships and ran a 14:28.61 finished second at the Mt. SAC Relays Invitational Elite in the 10,000 meters (29:24.11).
2010 Season - Indoor: Ran in four meets ran his top time of 8:20.27 in the 3,000 meters at the Bill Bergan Invitational raced to a time of 14:27.33 in the 5,000 meters at the Husky Classic. Outdoor:An NCAA Preliminary Meet competitor in the 10,000 meters ran a time of 31:21.43 in the NCAA quarterfinal placed 12th in the 10k at the Big Ten Championships with a season-best time of 29:46.25 an Academic All-Big Ten honoree varsity letterwinner.
2009 Season: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Cross Country: A 2010 and 2011 All-Midwest Region honoree a member of Gophers' NCAA squads in 2009, 2010, and 2011 Academic All-Big Ten three-time letterwinner.
High School: A 2008 graduate of Washburn High School high school coaches were Noelle Palmer and Sarah Gustafson placed third (15:44.5, 5K) at the 2007 Minnesota Class AA Cross Country Championships 2007 sectional and Minneapolis City Conference medalist clocked a personal best of 15:37, placing 19th at the 2007 Foot Locker Midwest Region Championship placed 22nd in state meet as a junior, 90th as a sophomore two-time all-state honoree his senior track season placed third in the 3,200-meter run (9:21.81) and eighth in the 1,600 meters (4:24.15) competed in both those events at state as a junior graduated second in his class.
Personal: Born Oct. 13, 1989 intends to major in mechanical engineering son of James Gagnon and Rebecca Fillmore has one brother, Charles enjoys videography.
Blankenship Joins Mead on Olympic Team
A native of Stillwater, Minn., Blankenship took third in the 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field, clocking a 3:36.18.
Mead Punches Olympic Ticket
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.
Blankenship Paces Semis at Olympic Trials
The Stillwater, Minn., native led the field with a time of 3:44.24 in Friday's semifinals.