The Gophers have now boasted an All-American for five-straight years at the NCAA outdoor meet.
Junior Mark Jennings owns the Snowshoe Open shot put record at 17.65 meters (57-11 ft.) after winning the event last season.
Minnesota will compete at the Iowa State Classic as well as the Washington Husky Classic this weekend.
The Coon Rapids, Minn., native finished first in the men's weight throw with his toss of 22.09 meters (72-05.75 ft.).
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.
2011 and 2012 All-American the 2011 and 2012 Big Ten weight throw champion and 2010 hammer champion school record holder in the weight throw (72-0 1/4) ranks third in hammer (212-9).
2012 Season - Indoor: Big Ten Champion in the weight throw with a toss of 70-6 1/2 (21.50m) set a school record and won the weight throw at the Snowshoe Open with a throw of 72-0 1/4 (21.95m) won the Jack Johnson Classic with a throw of 66-9 3/4 finished second at the Husker Invite (66-7). Outdoor: An All-American, placing seventh in the hammer at the NCAA Championships with his best throw of the season (209-7) competed in the Big Ten Championships won the discus at the Golden Bear Twilight with a toss of 169-9 (51.73m) won the hammer toss at the Bolstorff Twilight (201-0) finished second in the hammer throw at the Aztec Invite with a throw of 207-04 finished fourth at the Iowa Musco Twilight (198-1) Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Season Indoor:finished eighth at the NCAA championships in the weight throw with a toss of 67-9 ¾ (20.67m) won the Snowshoe Open with a season-best throw of 71-3 ½ (21.73m) won the Big Ten championships with a mark of 69-10 ¾ (21.30m) took first (68-1 1/2) at the Iowa State Classic.Outdoor:won the discus at the Hamline with a season-best 180-1 (54.9m) picked up another win in the discus at the Macalester Twilight with a launch of 175-4 (53.41m) took 16th at the NCAA West Prelim with a toss of 175-3 (53.43m) won the hammer throw at the Sun Angel Classic with a toss of 209-4 (63.80m) took secondat the Baldy Castillo Invite with a season-best 212-9 (64.85m) in the hammer finished 12th at the NCAA championships with a throw of 211-11 (64.60m) Second Team All-American honors letterwinner.
Indoor: Threw the weight in seven meets an NCAA provisional qualifier placed fifth in the Big Ten Championships with a season-best heave of 64-2 1/2, the sixth-best throw in Gopher history and a Minnesota freshman record. Outdoor: Competed in the hammer and discus in the NCAA Preliminary Meet placed 19th in hammer prelim (195-0), 25th in discus prelims (167-0) won the Big Ten hammer title with a throw of 208-3 added a fourth-place finish in the discus (170-1) won the Musco Twilight hammer title with a season-best effort of 211-5, the second-best throw in Gopher history and a freshman record set the Minnesota freshman hammer record three times won three hammer titles during the season won the Macalester Twilight title in the discus with a season-best of 175-6 an Academic All-Big Ten honoree varsity letterwinner.
2009 Season - Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
High School: A 2008 graduate of Kasson-Mantorville High School high school coach was Paul Beeman a three-time Minnesota Class A state champion won back-to-back state discus crowns as a junior and senior (185-0) added shot put title (56-11 1/4) in 2008 discus runner-up as a sophomore placed eighth in the discus in the 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals a six-time Hiawatha Valley League champion in the throwing events owned best of 189-5 in the discus four-year letterwinner in track and football all-conference lineman his senior season.
Personal: Born Oct. 2, 1989 kinesiology major parents are Larry and Deb Hegerle mother played volleyball for the Gophers father played football at Hamline has one older sister, Laura.
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.