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.
Gophers Earn USTFCCCA Academic Merits
Eight Gophers earned individual honors while Minnesota also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors.
Blankenship Joins Mead on Olympic Team
A native of Stillwater, Minn., Blankenship took third in the 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field, clocking a 3:36.18.
Mead Punches Olympic Ticket
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.