Minnesota closed out the 2015 Drake Relays with a pair of top-five relay finishes on Saturday in the sprint medley relay and the distance medley relay.
Luca Wieland finished second in the decathlon with 7,528 points - the most by a Gopher since All-American Jack Szmanda set the school record in 2012.
Minnesota will compete at three meets this week -- the Tom Cat Twilight, the Carleton Relays and the Mt. SAC Relays.
Goaner Deng contributed 20 points with an individual title in the 800 meters and then adding a second title as part of the 4x400 meter title squad.
Brad Neumann bounced back for a second-place finish in the 200 meters on Saturday. Neumann won his heat with a time of 21.42.
Cottrell's Personal Records
2015 | SENIOR SEASON
Indoor: Turned in highlight results at the Northwest Open and Jack Johnson Classic placing third in the 600 meter, and placing second in the 600 meter Snowshoe Open. Outdoor: Won the 800 meter at the Hamline Invitational, setting a new meet record.
2014 | JUNIOR SEASON
Indoor: At the 2014 Northwest Open won the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.00 • at the 2014 Bill Bergan Invitational took home the title in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.24 • at the 2014 Jack Johnson Classic finished 9th with a time of 1:21.30 in the 600 meters • in the same meet finished 9th in the 600 meters with a time of 1:21.30 • at the 2014 Iowa State Classic finished 7th in the 600 yards with a time of 1:12.04 • at the same meet placed 20th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.69. Won the 800 meters at the 2014 Snowshoe Open with a time of 1:52.65 • finished 11th at the 2014 Big Ten Championships with a time 1:52.28. Outdoor: Finished 7th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.73 at the 2014 Baldy Castillo Invitational • At the 2014 Musco Twilight placed 9th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.37 • placed 4th in the 800 meters at the Drake Relay with a time of 1:53.24.
2013 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Indoor: Finished fourth in the 600m that the Jack Johnson Classic with a time of 1:21.90. Outdoor: Finished sixth in the 800m at the Iowa Musco Invitational with a time of 1:52.52 • took sixth at the NDSU Tune Up in the 800m finishing with a time of 1:55.46b ran the 1,500 meter at the Hamiline Invite finishing wiht a time of 4:03.56.
SCMC and Communications Major. • Hometown: Hermantown, Minnesota. • Has one brother, Randall. • Coached by Jim Prisk. • Lettered in Track, Cross Country and Drama in high school. • All-Conference all four years in high school, All-American in 2011 for the 800 meters and 4x400 meter relay. • All-American twice in junior college.
Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals
Mead and Blankenship recorded the best Olympic finishes by Gophers since Staffan Strand finished sixth in the high jump for Sweden during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Blankenship Punches Ticket to Olympic Final
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.
Mead Moves on to Olympic 5,000 Final
Mead races in the 5,000 meter final at Olympic Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT.