With a winning throw of 65.34 meters (214-04 ft.) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Hegerle earned his second career Big Ten title in the hammer throw as a senior after winning the event as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
Jon Lehman notched the second longest throw in Minnesota men's indoor track and field history and the third best throw in the nation this year while Nick Hutton posted the school's second-fastest time ever in the one-mile run.
Quentin Mege wins hammer with a new personal best mark
LyndenReder enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Minnesota men's track & field team. Reder is charged with coaching the Golden Gopher throwers. Reder has established Minnesota as a top program on the Big Ten and NCAA level. Last seasonmarked a continuation of the success Reder has produced each year since he joined the staff in 2008. One of the deepest and most accomplished throwing event groups in the county, Gopher throwers ranked secondstatistically in all NCAA throws programs last season.
In 2012 alone Reder coached three All-Americans, two Big Ten Champions and two new school record holders.Micah Hegerle added to his long resume by adding two First Team All-America awards and another Big Ten Title. Under Reder's guidance, Hegerle has become one of the most decorated Gopher throwers of all time. Last season, the four-time NCAA All-American and three-time Big Ten Champion won the Big Ten weight throw and was an All-American in that event. He went on to become an All-American in the hammer throw at the NCAA outdoor championships.
Hegerle's counterpart, Quentin Mege, also had a tremendous 2012 campaign. Improving his personal best by four meters from 2011, Mege broke the Minnesota school record in the hammer throw (previously held by Reder) en-route to his second-consecutive Big Ten Title. Mege went on to earn All-America honors with his fifth-place finish at the NCAA championships.
Minnesota was the only program in the country to have two hammer throwers earn First Team All-America honors in 2012.
Although the hammer throw has been a strong event for Reder and the Gophers, the other throwing events have also been well represented. In four short seasons Reder has qualified athletes to the NCAA Championship in every throwing event. Since Reder joined the Gophers in 2008, no other Big Ten throwing group has scored as many points for their team.
The personal bests of Gophers Reder has coached in his first four seasons include: Shot Put: 19.37m (63'7), Hammer Throw: 67.08m (220'1), Javelin: 67.43m (224'6), Discus: 55.85m (183'3) and Weight Throw: 21.95m (72'1).
The emergence of Aaron Studt as a major player on the Big Ten and NCAA levels is one of the highlights of Reder's short time at Minnesota. Reder coached Studt to a banner season in 2009 where he earned his first two All-America awards and two Big Ten titles. Studt finished second at the indoor NCAA championship meet throwing a lifetime best on his final throw to jump up from seventh. Studt went on to finish fifth at the NCAA outdoor meet - throwing another personal best in the final. At the Big Ten championships in 2009, Studt won the Big Ten title in the shot put both indoors and outdoors. For his efforts, Studt was named Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Championships, and Big Ten Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. In 2010, Studt continued his Big Ten dominance with Big Ten titles in both the shot put and weight throw, winning both events on his final throw. He went on to earn All-America honors in both events at the NCAA championship meet.
In addition to his success with the Gophers, Reder has also worked with several high level post-collegiate throwers including shot putter and Minnesota Viking Brian Robison (PR 68'8) and hammer thrower Bryan Tolcser (PR 219'10). Both have qualified for several USA Track and Field Championships.
Prior to returning to the Gophers, Reder, a Luverne, Minn., native, spent the previous two seasons (2007, 2008) as the head men's track & field coach at Hamline University in St. Paul. Overall, Reder was a member of the Hamline coaching staff for five years, his first three as an assistant.
While at Hamline Reder was named `Coach of the Year' for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) after he guided the program to one of their finest seasons in recent history in 2008.
A former Golden Gopher track athlete himself, Reder walked on in 1999. He went on to become a team captain, a four year letter winner and in his senior season he earned All-America honors and provisionally qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials outdoors. He was a three-time NCAA championships competitor and completed his Minnesota career as the school record holder in the weight throw (67-2 1/4, 20.48m) and the hammer throw (215-9, 65.76m). Reder's school record held for eight years until his pupil Quentin Mege re-wrote the record in 2012. Reder was also a key member of the Gophers squad that won the 2003 Big Ten Team Championship and broke the all-time record for points scored.
Reder completed a master's degree in the Applied Kinesiology program at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2012. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2004 from Minnesota and has since added several USA Track and Field and strength and conditioning coaching certifications. He and his wife Britta reside in Woodbury. They have a son, Kilen, and a daughter, Elsie.