Jan. 28, 2012
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.
“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
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.
High Jump: Derek Jerde 1.95m 11th place.
Triple Jump: Oladipo Fagbemi 15.17m second place.
Blankenship Joins Mead on Olympic Team
A native of Stillwater, Minn., Blankenship took third in the 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field, clocking a 3:36.18.
Mead Punches Olympic Ticket
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.
Blankenship Paces Semis at Olympic Trials
The Stillwater, Minn., native led the field with a time of 3:44.24 in Friday's semifinals.