Mitch Hechsel and Nate Roese both clocked personal records in the 800 meters and Obsa Ali added a sixth-place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next month in Eugene, Ore.
Mitch Hechsel and Nate Roese advanced in the 800 meters while Derek Wiebke moved on in the 1,500 meters.
The Maroon & Gold will compete in nine events at the regional while decathlete Luca Wieland has already punched his ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 7-10, in Eugene, Ore.
The 4x400 meter relay competition saw the Gophers squad of Brad Neumann, Jackson Wellenstein, Nate Roese and Mitch Hechsel clock a 3:09.76 for the fastest time in their heat and the second fastest time in the prelims.
Meanwhile, four unattached Gopher freshmen picked up titles at Concordia-St. Paul's Holst Invitational on Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium in St. Paul.
2016 Drake Relays (Day Two)
Harold's Personal Records
2016 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Indoor: Did not see action. Outdoor: Won the pole vault at 4.80 meters at the Tommie Twilight.
2015 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Indoor: Turned in victories in the pole vault at the Jack Johnson Classic and the Snowshoe Open. Outdoor: Competed in three meets for the Maroon and Gold all in the pole vault at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, the Texas Invitational, and the Drake Alternate.
Business Major. • Hometown: Elm Grove. • High School: Brookfield East. • Son of Karen Pinto and Brian Yeazel. • Has a brother, Mitch, and a sister, Tess. • Favorite sports memory is winning state as a team in 2013. • Honor student in high school. • Coached by Mike Steiner and Matt Horris. • Competed for the Get Vertical Pole Vault Club. • Two time state meet record holder and all-time state record holder in the poll vault.
Groundbreaking for T&F Stadium Set for Friday
The University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics will break ground on the new outdoor track & field facility on Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. CT.
Gophers Remember Steve Hoag
Hoag was a team captain, an All-American and a Big Ten champion for the Maroon & Gold, competing in cross country and track.
Mead Set for IAAF World Championships
The men's 10,000 meters is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 4 at London Stadium.