The Gophers have now boasted an All-American for five-straight years at the NCAA outdoor meet.
Ferretti hit a new personal record at 68.94 meters (226-02 ft.) on his sixth and final throw of the night to set a new school record.
The Gophers have won seven outdoor conference team titles in program history (1949, 1968, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2009, 2010).
Arizona State hosts the two-day meet at the Sun Angel Stadium.
Junior Mark Jennings owns the Snowshoe Open shot put record at 17.65 meters (57-11 ft.) after winning the event last season.
2012 Season - Indoor: Competed in a total of four events for the indoor season threw 61-11 1/2 (18.88m) in the weight throw at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 11th placed fourth at the Snowshoe Open in the weight throw with a distance of 63-6 (19.35m). Outdoor: All-American, finishing fifth in the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships (212-11) Big Ten champion in the hammer with an all-time school record throw of 220-1 (67.08m) placed third at the Drake Relays (212-3) won the hammer throw at the Iowa Musco Twilight with a throw of 215-0 (65.54m) third at the Aztec Invite also competed in the hammer at the Texas Relays and Stanford Invite Capital One Academic All-American Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Season - Indoor: Competed in five meets longest toss of the season was 66-9 (20.36m) at the Big Ten championships where he finished fifth in the weight throw won the ISU Classic with a throw of 63-9 (19.43m) finished fourth (62-0) at the Snowshoe Open. Outdoor: Big Ten champion in the Hammer with a toss of 207-8 (63.31m) took second (203-5) at the Sun Angel Invite finished second (183-3) at the Concordia Host Invite letterwinner.
National and International: Placed second at the 2010 French Under-23 Championships with a throw of 206-0 set a personal record of 207-6 in an eighth place finish at the 2010 French Championships national U23 champion in 2009 (202-7) took ninth in 6-kilogram hammer at the European Junior Championships in July 2007.
Personal: Born August 24, 1988 mechanical engineering major son of Emmannuelle and René-Marc Mège has brother, Julien, and sister, Camille.
‘U’ Alum Siegmeier Joins Gophers Staff
A two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, Zach Siegmeier will serve as director of operations for men's track & field and cross country.
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.