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.
Mead Set for IAAF World Championships
The men's 10,000 meters is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 4 at London Stadium.
Gophers Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors
Jordan Charles, Ryan Lockard, Shane Streich, Derek Wiebke and Luca Wieland represented Minnesota on the individual honor roll.
Wieland, Wiebke Earn Academic All-America
A three-time Academic All-American, Wieland represented the Maroon & Gold on the Second Team while Wiebke picked up his first career honor as a Third Team selection.