Jan. 21, 2012
Harun Abda and David Pachuta each set new UM Fieldhouse records to help guide the No. 15 Minnesota men's track/field team to a Jack Johnson Classic title this afternoon. The Gophers finished the two-day classic with 202 team points.
Abda set a new records in both the Jack Johnson and Fieldhouse, for the 600m after clocking in at 1:16.38. The previous time was set back in 1994 by Norris Williams, who ran it in 1:17.55.
Pachuta also broke the Jack Johnson and UM Fieldhouse record with a time of 1:49.90 in the 800m. The previous Jack Johnson record was set last season by current Gopher Nick Hutton, who ran a 1:51.04. The Fieldhouse record was 1:50.18 and was set in 2010 by Wisconsin's Zach Mellon, who finished at 1:50.18.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Jacob Capek, John Holtn, Pachuta and Kevin Bradley brought home a first place finish with a time of 3:15.30 and Logan Markuson (4,847) along with Macauley Spandl(4,737) took second and third in the heptathlon.
Minnesota also picked up three more titles in the field events. Trey Davis (shot put), Micah Hegerle (weight throw) and Oladipo Fagbemi (triple jump) all won titles for the Maroon and Gold. Davis launched the shot 17.64m (57-10 ½), Hegerle picked up a title in the weight throw with a toss of 20.36m (66-9 ¾) and Fagbemi won the triple jump with a leap of 15.03m (49-3 ¾).
Other field event placements for the Gophers were Sam Kettenhofen in the long jump with a distance of 7.21m (23-8), which was good for second place. Jon Lehman took second in the weight throw with a distance of 18.43m (60-5 ¾) and Mark Jennings finished third in the weight throw with a mark of 16.96m (55-7 ¾)
Minnesota had three athletes place in the top five in the mile run. Bob Nicolls finished third after clocking in at 4:09.03. Paul Hilsen was fourth at 4:09.50 and Marcus Paulson rounded out the top five at 4:09.87.
Looking forward to next weekend the Gophers will spread out a little bit. Some will travel to the Bill Bergen Classic in Ames, IA. Others will be at the Warren Bowlus Open in Menominee, Wis. And the St. Olaf Open in Northfield, Minn.
Other top finishers
60m dash: Sean King fourth place 6.93
60m Hurdles: Ryan Todhunter third place 8.16
High Jump: Danny Schiller fifth 2.05m (6-8 ¾)
Note: The Jack Johnson Classic pole vault record was broken today by Derek Miles with a height of 5.52m (18-1 ¼)
Final Team Scores
1) Minnesota 202
2) Northern Iowa 94
3) North Dakota State 79
4) South Dakota State 64
5) South Dakota 59
6) Minn State Moorhead 32
7) Manitoba 17
8) Augustana (SD) 16
8) St. Thomas 16
8) St. Cloud State 16
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.