The Gophers feature three runners at the 2014 USATF Championships in Calif.
The trio of Gophers will compete this week at Sacramento State University's Hornet Stadium.
Minnesota totaled 13.50 team points at the national championships to finish 17th - the program's best finish at the meet since 2004.
All five Gophers that qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships earned All-America honors.
Minnesota closes out the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday with John Simons competing in the men's 1,500 meter finals.
2013 Season- Indoor: Ran the mile at the Alex Wilson Invite finishing third with a time of 3:59.32 Took fifth at the NCAA Championships finishing with a time of 3:59.71 finished first at the Jack Johnson Classic (4:08.74) Finished seventh at Big Ten Championships in the 3,000 meters took first at Bill Bergan Invitational. Outdoor: Ran prelims at the Stanford Payton Jordan finishing the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:49.65 took 10th at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 14.28.08 finished 11th at the NCAA Regionals/Semis in hte 1.500 meters with a time of 3:45.54 took second at the John McDonnell Invitational Earned Second Team All-America honors.
2012 Season - Indoor: Ran a time of 8:20.30 in the 3,000 meters at the Big Ten Championships (16th) finished in 8:03.06 at the Husky Classic, setting the fifth-fastest time in school history finished third in the mile run at the Holiday Inn Invitational with a time of 4:12.58 finished fifth at the Bill Bergan Invite in the 3,000 meters (8:09.33). Outdoor: Finished 15th in the 5,000 meters at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 14:36.64 posted a time of 14:11.64 in the 5,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays anchored the 4x1,600-meter relay team that finished third at the Drake Relays with a time of 16:50.07.
2011 Season: Redshirted the Indoor and Outdoor seasons.
At Milwaukee: Milwaukee's top runner in five of six meets placed 62nd (32:40.78) at NCAA Great Lakes Region Championships earned All-Horizon League Second Team honors by placing ninth in League Championships 2009 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year set the school record in outdoor 5,000 meters (14:32.82) during the track season the Horizon League 5,000m runner-up at the indoor meet, third outdoor.
High School:A 2009 graduate of Arrowhead High School high school coaches were Mike Mulrooney and Mike Ray named Classic-8 Boys Track Athlete of the Year a state qualifier in both track and cross country as a senior, placed 20th at the state cross country meet ran with the state runner-up 4x800m relay at the track meet also competed in the 1600m, taking fifth, and the 3200m, taking sixth.
Personal: Born November 12, 1990 intends to major in business son of Nancy Rajek and Joseph Simons has younger siblings Anna and Joseph high school teammate of Mike and Joe McFarland enjoys badminton, music, and watching TV.
Blankenship Joins Mead on Olympic Team
A native of Stillwater, Minn., Blankenship took third in the 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field, clocking a 3:36.18.
Mead Punches Olympic Ticket
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.
Blankenship Paces Semis at Olympic Trials
The Stillwater, Minn., native led the field with a time of 3:44.24 in Friday's semifinals.