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.
The Fridley, Minn., native and 13-time All-American finished 13th overall and automatically advanced with a third-place finish in his first round heat.
Senior All-Americans Goaner Deng and Sean Donnelly will join All-American Gopher greats Hassan Mead, Harun Abda, Ben Blankenship and Zach Siegmeier.
Among Big Ten programs, the Gophers stand second in the rankings behind only Michigan in 14th.
Sean Donnelly posted the top all-time finish and performance by a Gopher hammer thrower to earn First Team honors.
2016 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championship (Day Two)
2016 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships (Day Three)
2016 Drake Relays (Day Two)
2015 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships
Men's Track and Field at Big Ten Track 05.17.15
Deng's Personal Records
2016 | SENIOR SEASON
Indoor: Will serve as team captain for the 2016 season. • Second Team All-American. • Named to the Second All-Big Ten Team. • Won the 400 meter dash at the Northwest Open. • Won both the 200 and 800 meter competitions at the Jack Johnson Invitational. • The senior captain finished second in the finals of the 800 meters with a personal record of 1:47.13 – moving Deng to third all-time at Minnesota. Outdoor: Won the 4x400 meter relay at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 3:07.54. • Paced the Golden Gophers in the 4x800 meter relay at the Drake Relays with a time of 7:23.54. • Placed fifth in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships.
2015 | JUNIOR SEASON
Indoor: Turned in season high's at the Wisconsin Duel placing second in the 600 meter and winning the 4x400 relay. • Won the 4x400 at the Jack Johnson Classic, the Snowshoe Open and at the Iowa State Classic. Outdoor: Won the 4x400 at the Tom Cat Twilight.
2014 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Indoor: At the 2014 Northwest Open finished 5th in the 400 meters with a time of 50.38 seconds. Finished first in the 600 meters at the 2014 Jack Johnson Classic with a time of 1:19.75 • won the 800 meters at the 2014 Bill Bergen Invitational with a time of 1:50.97 • at the 2014 Iowa State Classic placed 9th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.67 • at the 2014 Big Ten Championships finished third with a time of 1:50.44. Outdoor: Won the 400 meters with a time of 47.48 seconds at the 2014 Baldy Castillo Invitational • placed 8th in the 400 meters with a time of 47.67 seconds at the Stanford Invitational, and 6th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.59 • finished 12th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.17 seconds at the Drake Relays • at the Musco Twilight finished 4th in the 400 meters with a time of 47.20. Placed 7th in the Big Ten Championships in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.63 • in the NCAA West Prelims competed in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.55.
2013 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Indoor: Ran the 400 meter at the Bill Bergan Invitational where he finished ninth with a time of 48.84 • at the Big Ten Championships ran the 600 meter prelims finishing with a time of 1:18.35 • finished first in the 600 meter at the Jack Johnson Classic with a time of 1:19.90. Outdoor: Ran prelims of the 800 meter at the Big Ten Championships finishing with a time of 1:50.39 • took first in the 400 meter hurdles at Hamline Invitational with a time of 54.48 • earned Second Team All-America honors.
A 2011 graduate of Rosemount High School • high school coaches were Chris Harder, Jay Hatlei and John Maresh • 4x400 relay team finished second at the state championships his sophomore and junior seasons • qualified for the state championships in the 400m, 2x200 and 4x400 his junior year • high school top times: 200m (22.00), 400m (49.12), 800m (1:57) blettered three years in track, two in both football and basketball • Honor Roll student and Academic Achievement Award winner as a junior and senior.
Born June 30, 1993 • Communications Major • son of Nyatuach Riek • Hometown: Rosemount, Minnesota. • collects retro Air Jordans and was born in Nairobi, Kenya. • Favorite sports memory is running in the 4x400 in Eugene, Oregon at narionals.
Track and Field Stadium Breaks Ground
New outdoor track and field stadium nestled in among existing facilities on the East Bank campus will give the University its first competition-level outdoor facility in nearly 15 years
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.