Michigan State hosts this year's conference meet, May 15-17, in East Lansing.
Gian Ferretti returns as the Musco Twilight champion in the hammer throw.
The Gophers captured three individual titles at last year's Baldy Castillo Invitational
The University of Minnesota track & field program kicks off the 2015 campaign on Saturday with the Northwest Open at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse on campus.
Minnesota totaled 13.50 team points at the national championships to finish 17th - the program's best finish at the meet since 2004.
2013 Season- Indoor: Finished 24th in the pole vault at the Big Ten Championships with a height of 15-10 (4.83m) competed in pole vault at the Iowa State Classic finishing fourth with a height of 16-09 1/4 (5.11m) won at the Bill Bergan Invitational placed second at the Northwest Open with a height of 16-08 (5.08m).Outdoor: Competed at the NCAA Regionals and finished 19th with a height of 17-04.50 (5.30m) finished second at both the John McDonnell Invitational and Stanford Invitational took first at Big Ten Championships with a height of 17-01.00 (5.21m) also finished first at the Hamline Invitational and Iowa Musco Invitational.
2012 Season - Indoor: Competed in a total of six events for the indoor season finished 15th in the pole vault at the Big Ten Championships with a height of 15-11 3/4 (4.87m) won at the Northwest Open (15-9 1/4) also won at the Bethel Invite with a height of (16-0 3/4) finished tied for third at the Jack Johnson Classic (16-4 3/4, 5.00m). Outdoor: Competed in a total of five events for the outdoor season placed eighth in the pole vault at the Big Ten Championships with a vault of 16-7 1/4 (5.06m) placed second in the pole vault at the Tom Cat Twilight, the Drake Alternate, and the Bolstorff Twilight placed third at the Golden Bear Twilight Academic All-Big Ten.
Cuesta Junior College: cleared 16-5 in the pole vault.
High School - A 2009 graduate Crystal Lake Central High School high school coaches were Brian Seaver and Bill Eschman finished second at the state championships in the pole vault two-time Fox Valley Conference Champion two-time Sectional Champion two-time Illinois State Qualifier Class AA State Runner-Up in 2009 Team MVP lettered in football, lacrosse and track/field.
Personal - Born January 8, 1991 majoring in kinesiology son of Toby and Wendy Siegmeier has on younger brother Nick (18) enjoys to water ski and snowboard.
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.