Feb. 15, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 23 Minnesota men's indoor track and field team picked up eight individual titles in its final home meet of the season on Friday at the Snowshoe Open including one of the best throws in Gopher indoor history.
Senior Micah Hegerle made his final home meet at the University of Minnesota count on Friday night, posting the second-best weight throw in school history to win the event. With a winning toss of 21.84 meters (71-08 ft.), Hegerle recorded the Gopher men's indoor track and field team's top weight throw of the season - while the senior nearly matched his own school record of 21.95 meters set last season. The Gophers actually finished 1-2-3 in Friday's weight throw with Justin Barber recording a personal record of 20.31 meters (66-07 3/4 ft.) to finish second. Quentin Mege placed third at the Snowshoe with a throw of 18.77 meters (61-07 ft.).
The Gophers also had several noteworthy wins and records on Friday. Harun Abda set a University of Minnesota Fieldhouse record in his win in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line at 1:49.68 while Sam Kettenhofen set a new Snowshoe Open record in the long jump with his winning leap of 7.34 meters (24-01 ft.). Mark Jennings did likewise in the shotput, pacing a 1-through-5 sweep for the Gophers in the event with a Snowshoe Open record setting toss of 17.65 meters (57-11 ft.).
Minnesota also had individual titles in the 60-meter dash (Sean King, 6.74), the 600-meter run (Goaner Deng, 1:20.12, edging teammate John Holton in second at 1:20.87), the 3,000-meter run (Derek Storkel, 8:27.49), and the triple jump (Oladipo Fagbemi, 15.21 meters, 49-11 ft.).
‘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
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