Mitch Hechsel and Nate Roese both clocked personal records in the 800 meters and Obsa Ali added a sixth-place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next month in Eugene, Ore.
The Gophers have now boasted an All-American for five-straight years at the NCAA outdoor meet.
The Gophers will try for their fourth-straight 4x800 title at the Drake Relays.
List of student-athletes with a 3.7 or better GPA grows by 26 percent
Senior placed fifth with a time of 1:46.83
A 2011 NCAA Championships competitor in the 800 meters and 4x400-meter relay 2010 NCAA Preliminary Meet competitor in 800 meters and 4x400-meter relay set the Gopher record in the outdoor 800 meters (1:46.62) ranks eighth in Gopher history in the 600-meter dash (1:18.76) made the semifinals of the 800 meters at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
2012 Season - Indoor: Competed in a total of nine events for the indoor season finished second in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 1:48.05 ran the third leg of the distance medley relay at the Big Ten Championships (9:50.51) finished second at the Bill Bergan Invite with a time of 1:46.98, the second-fastest time in school history won the 800 meters at the Jack Johnson Classic with a time of 1:49.90, a University of Minnesota Fieldhouse record finished second in the 1,000 meters at the Holiday Inn Invitational with a time of 2:26.50 ran the third leg for the 4x400 meter relay team that won both the Holiday Inn Invitational (3:12.13) and Jack Johnson Classic (3:15.30) the 4x400 meter relay team also took third at the Iowa State Classic (3:09.00) and fifth at the Alex Wilson Invitational (3:06.87, fourth-fastest in school history). Outdoor: Set the school record in the 800 meters at the NCAA Championships (1:46.62) also competed on the 4x400m relay team finished second in the 800m at the Big Ten Championships (1:46.74) finished third in the 800m at the Stanford Invite (1:48.45) ran the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that ran a time of 3:06.50 at the Big Ten Championships 4x400m team won at the Mt. SAC Relays led off the 4x800m relay team that won the Drake Relays (7:19.02) ran the third leg of the distance medley relay team that won the Drake Relays with a school record time of 9:36.21 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 SeasonIndoor:finished third in the 600 meters (1:20.88) at the Snowshoe Open.Outdoor:took fifth at the Big Ten championships in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.10 finished second (1:48.91) in the 800m at the Musco Twilight led offthe Gopher 4x800-meter relay (7:19.51) which broke the school record and won first place at the Drake Relays letterwinner.
Indoor: Ran in four meets placed fifth in the 600 meters (1:18.76) at the Big Ten Championships with the seventh-fastest time in Gopher history ran the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay that placed fourth at Big Tens with an NCAA provisional time of 3:13.57 ran season-best 800-meter time of 1:51.51 at Iowa State Classic. Outdoor: NCAA Preliminary Meet competitor in 800 meters and 4x400-meter relay clocked a time of 1:50.64 in NCAA quarterfinal ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay that finished 18th in NCAA quarterfinal with a season-best time of 3:08.59 placed sixth in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships with a career-best time of 1:49.67, the No. 9 time in Gopher history ran the third leg of 4x400m relay that placed fourth at Big Tens ran the third leg of the 4x800-meter relay that placed second at Drake Relays with a school-record time of 7:18.18 an Academic All-Big Ten honoree earned second varsity letter.
2009 Season: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Indoor: Competed in three meets earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors as a member of the runner-up distance medley relay also ran 800 meters in Big Ten meet clocked season-best time of 1:52.87 in 800 meters at Iowa State Classic.. Outdoor: Competed in seven meets ran the 800 meters in the Big Ten Championships clocked top 800m time of 1:52.24 at Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational ran the second leg of the Gophers' distance medley relay that won the title at the Clemson Relays varsity letterwinner.
A 2007 graduate of Eastview High School coach was Tom Sharp placed ninth at Minnesota Class AA state meet in the 800 meters (1:58.83) earned all-state honors as a member of the fifth-place 4x800-meter relay Lake Conference champion in the 800 meters as a senior two-time all-conference honoree in both corss country and track lettered three times in both cross country and track honor student Eastview's 2007 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Born June 21, 1989 biology major parents are Robin and Steven Pachuta has younger sister, Rebecca plays both the bass and acoustic guitar.
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