Abda and Pachuta Both Have Huge Day for Gophers

Go Gophers! Harun Abda ran a 1:46.97 in the 800m today which is the fastest time in the NCAA
Go Gophers!
Harun Abda ran a 1:46.97 in the 800m today which is the fastest time in the NCAA
Go Gophers!

Jan. 28, 2012

Final Results

Harun Abda and David Pachuta each hit NCAA Automatic Qualifying times in the 800m this afternoon at the Bill Bergan Invitational. Abda took first after clocking in at 1:46.97 and Pachuta was on his tail finishing at 1:46.98. Both times are the fastest in the country as of today and are the top times in Minnesota history.

“These guys are the fastest in the country right now,” head coach Steve Plasencia said. “They push each other in practice every day and I have to give credit to Paul Thornton who is their coach; he has done a outstanding job with them.”

The other highlight of the day today was the 4x400 meter relay team which consisted of Jacob Capek, Kevin Bradley, John Holton and Abda took home a first place title with a time of 3:09.93. This group continues to improve each week and Plasencia is proud of their performance.

Travis Burkstrand also picked up a first place finish for the Gophers today in the mile run. Bursktrand finished with a time of 4:06.68 and Nick Hutton was right behind finishing in 4:06.99.

“Overall it was a great performance by our team today,” Plasencia said. “We need to keep this mentality up as we get closer to the conference.”

Minnesota who is ranked No. 18 in the country will next compete at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, NE next weekend.

Other Minnesota Results

60m Dash: Cameron Boy 6.92 third place

60m Hurdles: Ryan Todhunter 8.22 seventh place

200m Dash: Cameron Boy 21.58 second place… Jacob Capek 22.18 fifth place… Ryan Todhunter 22.54 for nineth place

400m Dash: Kevin Bradley 48.08 second place… John Holton 48.24 third place…

800m Run: Harun Abda 1:46.97 first place… David Pachuta 1:46.98 second place… Joe McFarland 1:52.62 eigth place

Mile: Travis Burkstrand 4:06.68 first place… Nick Hutton 4:06.99 second place…Hassan Mead 4:07.01 fourth place…  Sean Olson 4:13.98 11th place… Blayne Dulian 4:17.18 17th place… Andrew Larsen 4:18.52 21st place… Matt Volz 4:21.46 25th place

3,000m: John Simons 8:09.33 fifth place… Bob Nicolls 8:11.27 eigth place… Pieter Gagnon 8:20.86 14th place… Erik Truedson 8:21.04 15th place… Derek Storkel 8:23.60 18th place… Kevin Lachowitzer 8:39.47 29th place.

4x400 Meter Relay: Jacob Capek, Kevin Bradley, John Holton, Harun Abda 3:09.93 first place…. Logan Markuson, Alex Migit, Cameron Boy, Ryan Todhunter 3:19.14 ninth place.

High Jump: Derek Jerde 1.95m 11th place.

Pole Vault: Zach Siegmeier 4.85m eigth place… Macauley Spandl 4.70m 11th place… Logan Markuson 4.70m 12th place.

Long Jump: Oladipo Fagbemi 7.17m third place… Sam Kettenhofen 6.89m fourth place.

Triple Jump: Oladipo Fagbemi 15.17m second place.