Minnesota Wraps up First Weekend on the Track
David Pachuta helped lead the Gophers 4x400 Meter Relay team to a title at the Holiday Inn today.

Jan. 14, 2012

Holiday Inn Invitational

Final Results

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 Distance Medley team of Paul Hilsen, Alex Migit, Nick Hutton and Joe McFarland finished second overall with a time of 10:03.83.

Sean King finished fifth for the Gophers in the finals of the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.99. In the 200-meter dash Minnesota’s Cameron Boy placed fifth as well with a time of 22.08.

The Gophers took fourth in the 600 meter with Kevin Bradley finishing in 1:20.42.




Northwest Open

Final Results

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.

Winning titles for the Gophers today were Zach Siegmeier in the pole vault, Trey Davis in the shot put, Derek Storkel in the mile and Frank Falzone in the 400-meter dash.

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.


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.

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