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.
Miller Inspired By Rio Experience
Former Gopher student-athlete and current women's assistant coach Peter Miller attended the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a fan.
`U' Alum Siegmeier Joins Gophers Staff
A two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, Zach Siegmeier will serve as director of operations for men's track & field and cross country.
Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals
Mead and Blankenship recorded the best Olympic finishes by Gophers since Staffan Strand finished sixth in the high jump for Sweden during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.