Jan. 24, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Brad Neumann captured his second 200-meter title in two weeks and Luca Wieland leads the heptathlon after four events as the No. 9 Minnesota men’s indoor track and field team closed out the first day of competition at the Jack Johnson Invitational.
Neumann, competing unattached, clocked a 22.06 to pace the field on Friday night at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse, improving on his winning time of 22.23 from last week’s Northwest Open – his first race at Minnesota.
Wieland, meanwhile, led all heptathlon competitors in two of the event’s first four categories to end the first day of competition with 3,125 points, ahead of Gophers alum Jack Szmanda in second at 2,894, Nick Bachinski in third at 2,724 and Jamie Crum in fourth at 2,706.
Wieland finished first in the 60-meter dash on Friday with a time of 7.09 and also paced the long jump at 7.10 meters (23-03.50 ft.).
The Gophers finished 1-2-3 in the heptathlon’s high jump with Bachinski leading the pack at 2.04 meters (6-08.25 ft.) while Wieland came in second at 1.95 meters (6-04.75 ft.) and Szmanda and Crum finished tied for third at 1.92 meters (6-03.50 ft.). Szmanda led the way in the shot put with a performance of 14.20 meters (46-07.25 ft.) while Wieland came in third at 13.17 meters (40-05.50 ft.) and Crum finished fourth at 12.33 meters (40-05.50 ft.).
The heptathlon finishes on Saturday as the Gophers close out the 2014 Jack Johnson Invitational with the majority of competition.
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