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
Abda (800) and Mead (10,000) fall short
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.
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.