Feb. 9, 2013
2013 Spire Division I Track and Field Invitational Recap
Jon Lehman notched the second longest throw in Minnesota men's indoor track and field history and the third best throw in the nation this year to pick up the individual title in the weight throw at the 2013 SPIRE Division I Track and Field Invitational on Saturday in Geneva, Ohio.
"Our weight throwers are really rounding into form, and I'm pleased with where we are with a few weeks to go," Gophers assistant coach Lynden Reder said. "Our goal every year is to be ready to throw our best marks at the Big Ten Championship and then on from there at the NCAA Championships. I believe we're on track to do that with this group."
Lehman also bested his personal record with Saturday's throw of 21.46 meters (70-05.00 ft.) The Coon Rapids, Minn., native topped a competitive field including other members of the Minnesota contingency of throwers, many of whom had notable performances in the weight throw themselves.
Justin Barber set a personal record with his throw of 20.54 meters (67-04.75 ft.) to finish fourth while Micah Hegerle and Quentin Mege both set new season-highs at 20.51 meters (67-03.50 ft.) and 19.04 meters (62-05.75 ft.) to finish fifth and 10th, respectively.
Minnesota also had a group of throwers competing in the shot put with Mark Jennings pacing the team with a ninth-place finish and a throw of 17.41 meters (57-01.50 ft.).
2013 Iowa State Classic Recap
The No. 8 Minnesota men's track and field team picked up four individual titles and had several personal records over the weekend at the Iowa State Classic in Ames.
Minnesota's 4x400 meter relay team of John Holton, Goaner Deng, Harun Abda and Cameron Boy picked up an individual title for the Gophers, posting a season-best time of 3:09.59 to beat runner-up Wisconsin by just under a second.
Deng set a new personal record in route to an individual title in the 400-meter dash a day earlier, crossing the finish line at 47.89 seconds to win the event and post the eighth fastest time in school history (fastest this year).
The Gophers also picked up individual titles from Oladipo Fagbemi in the triple jump and Sam Kettenhofen in the long jump. Fagbemi's triple jump distance of 15.29 meters (50-02.00 ft.) was a season-best and ranks ninth all-time at Minnesota while the senior also finished as the runner-up in to Kettenhofen in the long jump with a personal record of 7.30 meters (23-11.50 ft., tied for 10th all-time at Minnesota). Kettenhofen finished first in the event at 7.32 meters (24-00.25 ft.), also a personal record and now the ninth best performance in Gophers indoor history.
In addition to the individual titles, Minnesota also posted personal records from Sean King and Cameron Boy in the 200 meters and Zach Siegmeier and Adam Isakson in the pole vault. King, a senior, also ran the second fastest 60-meter dash in school history at 6.70 seconds during Friday's preliminaries before finishing second in Saturday's finals.
2013 Husky Classic Recap
Nick Hutton ran the second-fastest time ever for a Gopher in the one-mile run on Saturday at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Hutton crossed the finish line for a personal record at 4:00.15 to finish ninth overall at the event and post the fastest time in Minnesota history save for Ben Blankenship's time of 3:57.87 in 2010. Hutton actually finished second in his heat behind Blankenship at 3:58.66. Blankenship is now running for Oregon Track Club Elite.
While Hutton ran in the one-mile run invite, Alex Brend and Bob Nicolls finished 12th and 13th in the event earlier in the day at 4:07.21 and 4:07.32, respectively. Brend's time marked a personal best for the redshirt freshman.
Meanwhile, Travis Burkstrand finished seventh in his first 800-meter run of the indoor season, crossing the line at 1:49.18.
‘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.
Blankenship Punches Ticket to Olympic Final
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.