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.
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