Jan. 31, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Senior captain and All-American Jon Lehman set a new Gopher indoor weight throw record on Friday night as the No. 15 Minnesota men’s indoor track & field team opened the Bill Bergan Invitational at Iowa State.
The Coon Rapids, Minn., native finished first in the men’s weight throw with his toss of 22.09 meters (72-05.75 ft.) – a new personal record for the senior (fourth best in the nation as of Friday night) and one that bests former Minnesota All-American Micah Hegerle’s previous Gophers’ record of 21.95 meters (72-01 ft.).
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Jon,” Minnesota throws coach Lynden Reder said. “To be honest, it was kind of a flat atmosphere today, so to see Jon perform like he did…we’re excited about what he can potentially do the rest of the season. It’s a great way to start the weekend for sure.”
The Gophers actually took home the top two finishes in Friday’s weight throw with Justin Barber finishing second behind Lehman with a throw of 20.22 meters (66-04.25 ft.). Viktor Stelter came in 10th at 16.46 meters (54-00.00 ft.).
The Gophers continue to compete in the final day of the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames on Saturday.
Gophers Claim Five Titles at Stanford
Meanwhile, four unattached Gopher freshmen picked up titles at Concordia-St. Paul’s Holst Invitational on Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium in St. Paul.
Harold Headlines Opening Day at Stanford
The Gophers also added three top-10 all-time performances on Friday from Mitch Hechsel, Luke May and Obsa Ali.
Minnesota Heads West for Cardinal Classic
The Cardinal Classic is a two-day meet (Friday-Saturday) set at Cobb Track and Angell Field while the Holst Invitational is scheduled for Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium.