A day after helping the Gophers to the squad's third 4x800 meter relay title in as many years, Travis Burkstrand and Harun Abda put together a 1-2 finish in the 800 meters on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 14,504.
The Gophers contingency clocked a winning time of 7:26.49 to highlight the second day of action at the national meet and post the fourth-best time in the NCAA this year in the 4x800 meter relay.
Career Highlihgts 2011 All-American a 2010, 2011, and 2012 NCAA Preliminary meet qualifier in the 800 meters ranks third in Gopher history in the 800 indoor (1:48.16) and seventh outdoor (1:48.65).
2012 Season - Indoor: Ran a time of 1:49.73 in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships also ran the fourth leg of the Gophers' distance medley relay finished first with the third-fastest time in school history in the 800 meters at the Alex Wilson Invitational (1:48.16) finished sixth and set the sixth-fastest time in school history in the 800m at the Husky Classic (1:49.15) won the 600m at the Snowshoe Open with a time of 1:20.18 won the mile run at the Bill Bergan Invite (4:06.68) placed second in the mile at the Holiday Inn Invitational (4:12.58). Outdoor: NCAA West Preliminary competitor in the 800 meters ran a time of 1:48.65 in the 800m at the Big Ten Championships ran the fourth leg of the distance medley relay team that won at the Drake Relays with a new school record (9:36.21) ran the second leg of the 4x800m relay that won at Drake with a time of 7:19.02 finished fourth in the 1,500m at the Stanford Relays with a time of 3:50.83.
2011 Season - Indoor:ran the 600 meters (1:20.45) at the Snowshoe Open and finished second took third in the 800 meters (1:50.56) at the Big Ten championships finished third overall in the 5,000 meters at the Northwest Open with a time of 9:03.17 ran the third leg of the Gophers distance medley relay team that broke a school record (9:29.70) at the NCAA championships relay team also won the Big Ten championships (9:50.58) and the Alex Wilson Invite (9:31.78).Outdoor:member of first place (9:38.09) distance medley relay team at the Drake Relays won the 1,500 meters at the Musco Twilight with a time of 3:49.77 won the 800 meters (1:49.70) at the Mt. SAC Relays Open letterwinner.
2010 Season Indoor: An NCAA provisional qualifier in the 800 meters placed third in the 800m (1:51.56) at the Big Ten Championships ran a career-best and third-fastest time in school history of 1:49.48 at Alex Wilson Invitational ran top mile time of 4:17.04 at Iowa State Classic. Outdoor: NCAA Preliminary Meet competitor in the 800 meters, clocking a time of 1:49.60 in the first round finished third at the Big Ten meet with a career-best time of 1:49.30, seventh best in Gopher history placed third in the 1,500 meters (3:50.00) at the Jim Click Shootout anchored the Drake Relays runner-up 4x800-meter relay that set the Minnesota record of 7:18.18 varsity letterwinner.
2009 Season - Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons. Cross Country - A two-year member of the cross country team uses season to train for track ran in one meet in 2010.
High School: A 2008 graduate of Eastview High School high school coach was Tom Sharp a four-time all-state performer in cross country and track placed 19th overall in the 2007 Minnesota Class AA Cross Country Championships leading Eastview to a fifth-place finish finished 25th as a junior earned all-state honors in the 800 meters in 2008 with a seventh-place finish (1:53.15) also a member of the seventh-place 4x800-meter relay as a senior earned four letters in cross country and track, one in hockey graduated with high honors.
Personal: Born July 22, 1989 art major son of Dave Burkstrand and Anne Flahavan has siblings Andrew and Kenzie enjoys art and snowboarding.