Jan. 19, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 8 Minnesota men’s track & field team earned 11 individual titles over the weekend in route to a team title at the Jack Johnson Invitational on campus at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. The Gophers closed out the weekend by compiling 236.50 team points in the win.
Saturday’s track events were highlighted by a 1-2 Gophers finish in the one-mile run as John Simons edged Bobby Nicolls by less than a second for the individual title. Simons crossed the finish line at 4:08.74 while his teammate came in second at 4:09.26.
Minnesota runners also earned top honors in the 400-meter dash (Jacob Capek, 0:48.49), the 600-meter dash (Goaner Deng, 1:19.90), the 800-meter dash (Nick Hutton, 1:51.00) and the 60-meter dash (Sean King, 0:06.75).
Minnesota also posted a 1-2 finish in the field events as Mark Jennings and Emmanuel Onyia finished first and second, respectively, in the shot put. Jennings bested his teammate with a distance of 17.64 meters while Onyia recorded a distance of 17.52 meters.
As Minnesota’s representative in the heptathlon, Kenny Schofield placed second in the event with a score of 4,930 (eight points). Laquone Robinson of Minnesota State-Moorhead won the event at 4,961 (10 points).
Minnesota opened the weekend with two individual titles on Friday afternoon as Cameron Boy paced the 200-meter dash with a time of 0:21.69 and Sam Kettenhofen led all competitors in the high jump at 7.24 meters.
Minnesota returns to action next weekend with a pair of meets – the squad will split between the Bill Bergan Classic in Ames, Iowa and the Warren Bolus Open in Menomonie, Wis. Both events are slated for Saturday, Jan. 26.
Mead Set for IAAF World Championships
The men's 10,000 meters is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 4 at London Stadium.
Gophers Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors
Jordan Charles, Ryan Lockard, Shane Streich, Derek Wiebke and Luca Wieland represented Minnesota on the individual honor roll.
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.