Junior Mark Jennings owns the Snowshoe Open shot put record at 17.65 meters (57-11 ft.) after winning the event last season.
The No. 15 Minnesota men's indoor track & field team returns to action this weekend with the fifth-annual Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa.
Minnesota ranked tied for third among all NCAA Division I programs with 11 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees this season.
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
The Gophers contingency will head to the West region preliminary meet in Austin, Texas (University of Texas) with competition set for May 23-25. Qualifiers from the west regional will compete at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships held June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
A 2010 and 2012 NCAA Preliminary Meet competitor on the Gophers' 4x400-meter relay Big Ten scorer every year.
2012 Season - Indoor: Finished fifth in the 600 meters at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 1:19.84 anchored the 4x400 meter relay team that finished third with the fifth-fastest time in school history (3:09.52) also ran a time of 48.37 in the 400m finished second in the 400m at the Holiday Inn Invitational (48.71) third in the 400m at the Bill Bergan Invite (48.24) finished third in the 600m at the Snowshoe Open (1:20.22) placed second in the 600 yards at the Iowa State Classic (1:09.99) anchored the 4x400m relay team that set the fourth-fastest time in school history and placed fifth at the Alex Wilson Invitational (3:06.87) ran the second leg of the 4x400meter team that won the Holiday Inn Invitational (3:12.13) and Jack Johnson Classic (3:15.30). Outdoor: NCAA West Preliminary competitor in the 4x400-meter relay, helping the Gophers advance to the NCAA Championships ran a 48.01 in the 400 meters at the Big Ten Championships also anchored the 4x400m, which ran the seventh-best time in school history (3:06.50) finished third in the 400 meters at the Tom Cat Twilight (48.01) anchored the 4x400m team that won at the Mt. SAC Relays (3:07.55) 4x400 meter relay team also finished fourth at the Drake Relays ran the third leg of the 1,600m sprint medley relay that set the sixth-fastest time in school history at Drake (3:23.69) Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Season - Indoor: Competed in the 400 meters at the Alex Wilson and finished eighth (47.87) competed in the 400 meter at the Bill Bergen Invitational and finished third (48.11) competed in the Snowshoe Open in the 400 meters and finished first (49.19) ran in the Big Ten Championships and finished fourth in the 600 meters (1:18.62) competed in the Jack Johnson and finished fifth in the 600 meters (1:20.23).
2010 Season - Indoor: Competed in five meets led off the Gophers' 4x400-meter relay that placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships with an NCAA provisional time finished ninth in the 400 meters at the Conference meet clocked a season-best time of 48.96 seconds in the Big Ten 400m prelim. Outdoor: NCAA Preliminary Meet participant led off the 4x400-meter relay that placed 18th in the quarterfinals with a time of 3:08.59 relay placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships raced the open 400 meters in five meets placed ninth in 400 meters at Big Tens clocked top time of the season (47.83) in Conference prelim Academic All-Big Ten varsity letterwinner.
2009 Season - Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
High School - A 2008 graduate of Greenfield High School high school coaches were Jamee Muehr and BrianVerfuerth Wisconsin Division i all-state performer in the 400 meters placed fifth in 2007 top high school time was 49.06 also competed at state in swimming lettered four years in soccer, swimming and track.
Personal - Born Sept. 28, 1989 bio systems engineering major parents are William and Jill Holton has an older sister Sarah enjoys travelling and the arts.
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