Meanwhile, fellow OTC Elite runners and former Gopher All-Americans Ben Blankenship and Harun Abda advanced in the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters, respectively.
Gopher All-Americans Goaner Deng, Harun Abda, Ben Blankenship and Hassan Mead, as well as incoming freshman Shane Streich, will be in action.
The Gophers have now boasted an All-American for five-straight years at the NCAA outdoor meet.
Goaner Deng (800 meters), Luke Johnson (shot put), Gian Ferretti (hammer throw) and Luca Wieland (decathlon) will represent the Maroon & Gold at the national championship meet.
Minnesota will send four competitors to the NCAA Track & Field Championships, June 10-13, in Eugene, Ore.
Deng's Personal Records
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.
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