Jan. 14, 2012
Holiday Inn Invitational
The No. 15 Minnesota men’s track and field team wrapped up the Holiday Inn Invitational this afternoon at the Devaney Sports Center. Minnesota’s 4x400 relay team of Jacob Capek, John Holton, David Pachuta and Harun Abda closed out the afternoon with a first place finish after clocking in at 3:12.13.
Head coach Steve Plasencia said the weekend was good start to the season and he hopes it can carry over the rest of the way.
“We had some good things this weekend to start the season off,” Plasencia said. “Let’s hope this can carry over to the whole team and we continue to improve each week.”
Holton and Capek each picked up top five finishes in the 400-meters. Holton clocked in at 48.71, while Capek finished with a time of 49.00.
The Gophers took fourth in the 600 meter with Kevin Bradley finishing in 1:20.42.
Half of Minnesota men’s track and field team competed this afternoon at the Northwest Open. The meet was hosted by Minnesota inside the UM Fieldhouse. The Gophers brought home four titles for the day and had a solid performance as no team score was kept.
Siegmeier cleared 4.81m (15-9 ¼) to win the title in the pole vault.
Davis had a strong performance to open the 2012 season in the shot put. Davis landed a mark of 17.86m (58-7 ¼) to claim the title while teammate Mark Jennings had a very exciting afternoon after he threw a 17.42m (57-2) on his last throw of the day.
Storkel lead the Gophers in the mile run after clocking in at 4:19.30. Drew Paradis finished in third with a time of 4:21.05.
Minnesota last title came in the 400-meter dash where Falzone clocked in at 49.75.
Minnesota will next host the Jack Johnson Classic next Friday and Saturday at the UM Fieldhouse. The pentathlon/heptathlon is schedule to start at 3 p.m. on Friday, beginning with the 60m hurdles.
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
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Mead Moves on to Olympic 5,000 Final
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