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.
Wieland, Wiebke Earn Academic All-America
A three-time Academic All-American, Wieland represented the Maroon & Gold on the Second Team while Wiebke picked up his first career honor as a Third Team selection.
Mead Wins USATF 10,000 Meters
Mead’s title on Friday snapped Galen Rupp’s streak of eight consecutive USATF 10,000 meter championships.
Incoming Gophers Earn Track & Field Honors
Dawson LaRance was named the Montana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year and Hunter Lucas was named the North Dakota Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.