Feb. 2, 2013
In a pair of regional meets this weekend, the No. 7 Minnesota men’s track and field team earned one individual event title at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., and the Thundering Herd Classic in Fargo, N.D.
The Gophers’ three-man contingency of pole vault competitors in Fargo finished third, fourth and sixth with Jack Szmanda leading the squad with a vault of 5.05 meters. Zach Siegmeier finished one spot behind his teammate in a tie for fourth at 4.90 meters while Adam Isakson came in sixth.
Meanwhile in Lincoln, the Gophers closed out the weekend with four competitors in the shot put. Luke Johnson, who picked up his first collegiate title last weekend in the shot put at the St. Thomas Showcase, paced the Gophers with ninth-place finish at 16.89 meters – a personal record for the redshirt freshman. Mark Jennings finished 11th in the shot put at 16.81 meters while Emmanuel Onyia and Logan Hussung rounded out the Gophers’ contingency on Saturday in 13th (16.70 meters) and 21st (15.42 meters), respectively.
The Gophers opened the meet with three of the top six performances in Friday’s weight throw including Jon Lehman’s winning throw of 20.79 meters – the fourth best throw in the nation this season (second in the Big Ten) and a match for Lehman’s personal record. Micah Hegerle finished fourth in the event with a throw of 20.15 meters – the senior’s top throw so far this season. Sophomore Justin Barber also recorded a personal record on Friday, marking a throw of 19.43 meters to finish sixth while Quentin Mege came in 12th with a throw of 18.09 meters.
The No. 7 Gophers return to action next weekend at the Iowa State Classic. The two-day meet runs Friday-Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
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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.
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