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.).
Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC
Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships
Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.
Lockard Leads Gophers in Outdoor Opener
The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program kicked off the outdoor season with nine top-10 finishes at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.