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.
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
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.
Mead Moves on to Olympic 5,000 Final
Mead races in the 5,000 meter final at Olympic Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT.