Blankenship, who made his Olympic debut last year in the 1,500 meters, pushed hard in the bell lap to finish with a time of 3:59.22
Nick Bachinski picked up a win and a personal record in the high jump for the second week in a row.
Goaner Deng, Gian Ferretti and Luke Johnson advanced to the NCAA championships next month in Eugene, Ore.
Fifteen Gophers will be in NCAA regional action this weekend at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas hosts this year's NCAA West Regional.
Men's Track and Field at Big Ten Track 05.17.15
Barber's Personal Records
2015 | SENIOR SEASON
Indoor: Finished first in the weight throw at the Northwest Open, the Minnesota Open (including a new personal record), the Jack Johnson Classic, and the Snowshoe Open. • Competed in the Big Ten Championships in the weight throw to finish the indoor season. Outdoor: In discuss competition placed fifth at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, third at the Texas Invitational, third at the Tom Cat twilight, and second at the Carleton Relays. • Barber also competed in the Hammer Throw, finishing second at the Carleton Relays, won the Golden Bear Twilight (setting a new meet record), fifth in the Musco Twilight Invitational, and fourth in the Wisconsin Twilight.
2014 | JUNIOR SEASON
Indoor: At the 2014 Northwest Open finished second in the weight throw with a mark of 20.42 meters (67-00.00) • won the 2014 Jack Johnson Classic in the weight throw with a mark of 20.21 meters (66-06.75) • Ffinished second in the weight throw at the 2014 Bill Bergan Invitational with a with a throw of 20.22 meters (66-04.25) • placed third in the weight throw at the Iowa State Classic with a mark of 18.87 meters (61-11.00) • at the 2014 Snowshoe Open placed 3rd in the weight throw with a mark of 20.30 meters (66-07.25) • at the 2014 Big Ten Championships placed 8th in the weight throw with a mark of 20.24 meters (66-05.00). Outdoor: At the 2014 Baldy Castillo Invitational finished 8th in the discus with a throw of 50.64 meters (166-02) • at the Hamline Invitational placed third in the discus with a throw of 53.89 meters (176-10) and third in the hammer throw with a toss of 58.10 meters (190-07) • at the Sun Angel Classic finished tenth in the hammer with a throw of 57.18 meters (187-07) and sixth in the discus with a throw of 52.57 meters (172-06) • at the UCSD Triton Invitational finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 54.60 meters and finished 13th in the hammer with a throw of 57.69 meters (189-03) • placed 8th in the discus with a throw of 54.83 meters (179-11) and 7th in the hammer with a throw of 58.44 meters (191-04) at the 2014 Musco Twilight • at the 2014 Mark Messersmith Invite placed third in the hammer with a throw of 58.08 meters (190-06) and fifth in the discus with a throw of 54.40 (178-05) • at the Big Ten Championships placed ninth in the hammer with a throw of 57.27 meters (187-10) and ninth in the discus with a throw of 53.37 meters (175-01) • at the NCAA West Prelims finished 29th in the discus with a throw of 52.55 meters (172-05).
2013 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Indoor: Placed fourth in the weight throw at the SPIRE DI Challenge with a distance of 67-04 3/4 (20.54m)• also competed in the weight throw at the Iowa State Classic finishing first with a distance of 67-0 1/2 (20.46m)• at the Showshoe Open he finished second with a distance of 66-07 3/4 (20.31m) andthrid at the Northwest Open with a distance of 58-03 1/2 (17.76). Outdoor: competed in the discus at the NDSU Tune UP finishing first with a throw of 188-02 (57.36m)• finished third in discus at Iowa Musco Invitational with distance of 182-08 3/4 (55.72)• finished fourth in hammer at the UCSD Triton Invitational with a throw of 191-11 (58.49m).
2012 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Indoor: Placed fourth in the weight throw at the Northwest Open with a distance of 52-0 1/2 (15.86m) • also competed in the weight throw at the Iowa State Classic (50-9 1/4) and Snowshoe Open (53-10 1/2). Outdoor: Competed in a total of 13 events of the outdoor season • competed in the discus at the Big Ten Championships with a throw of 170-7 (52.00m) • also competed in the hammer throw with a toss of 164-7 (50.16m) • finished second in the discus at the Bolstorff Twilight with a toss of 178-4 (54.36m) • placed fifth in discus at the UNI Open (169-8) • finished second in discus (167-5) and hammer (176-0) at the Hamline Invite • placed third at the Drake Alternates (159-08, 48.66m) • finished fourth in the hammer at the Bolstorff Twilight with a throw of 176-9 (53.88m).
Redshirted both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Qualified for Junior Nationals in discus with a throw of 171-5
A 2010 graduate of Homestead High School • high school coach was Bill Richards • 2010 Wisconsin Division 1 state runner-up in discus with a throw of 176-8 and third place finisher in shot put with a throw of 58-3 • his team won the 2010 Division 1 state meet • 2010 all-state honoree • two-time North Shore Conference champion in both throwing events • two-time all-conference honoree • set school record in discus (179-11) • competed in the state meet three of four years • also an all-state and all-conference football player with two state championships • also lettered in orchestra.
Born May 11, 1992 • majoring in economics - son of Michael and Jackie Barber • has an older sister, Lauren, a senior at Harvard
Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC
Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships
Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.
Lockard Leads Gophers in Outdoor Opener
The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program kicked off the outdoor season with nine top-10 finishes at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.