Jan. 13, 2012
The No. 15 Minnesota men's track and field team kicked off its 2012 season at the Holiday Inn Invitational Friday night inside the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, NE. Harun Abda caputed a title in the 1,000 meter and Nick Hutton picked up a title in the mile for the Gophers.
Not only did Hutton take first in the mile (4:11.61), but the Gophers finished with five runners in the top 10. Travis Burkstrand was second (4:12.54), John Simons third (4:12.58), Marcus Paulson fourth (4:13.83) and Blayne Dulian finished six with a time of 4:19.45.
Kevin Lachowitzer was the lone Gopher to compete in the 3,000 meter run and he clocked in a time of 8:50.80
Over to the field events Oladipo Fagbemi qualified for the finals in the long jump with a leap of 6.84m (22-0 ¼). Sam Kettenhofen (22-8) and Jack Szmanda (21-3 ½) each competed in the unseeded flight.
Minnesota will close out the Holiday Inn Invitational tomorrow morning starting at Noon with the pole vault event.
Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC
Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships
Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.
Lockard Leads Gophers in Outdoor Opener
The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program kicked off the outdoor season with nine top-10 finishes at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.