Feb. 17, 2012
The Minnesota men’s track and field team had one last tune up before next weekend’s Big Ten championships. Minnesota hosted the annual Snowshoe Open at the UM Fieldhouse this afternoon. No team score was kept.
The highlight of the afternoon came in the weight throw. Micah Hegerle shattered his own school record with a toss of 21.95m (72-0). His previous record was 21.73m (71-3 ½) which he set at last season’s Snowshoe Open. Hegerle’s new personal best throw was also an NCAA qualifying mark and is currently the fifth best throw in the country.
Along with Hegerle’s new record, Kevin Bradley Trey Davis and Oladipo Fagbemi all set new Snowshoe Open records. Bradley clocked in at 48.16 for the Gophers in the 400m. Davis won the shot with a toss of 17.45m (57-3) and Fagbemi had a leap of 15.25m (50-0 ½) in the triple jump.
Cameron Boy and Jacob Capek finished one and two respectively in the 200m. Boy clocked in at 21.92 and Capek came in with a time of 22.20.
Minnesota picked up another first and second finish in the 600m run. Travis Burkstrand was the overall winner after running a 1:20.18 and John Holton was right on his tail at 1:20.22.
Ryan Todhunter won the60m hurdles for the second consecutive year with a time of 8.19. Senior Alex Migit was third at 8.26.
Derek Storkel brought home a title in the 3,000m with a time of 8:25.97 and Sean King hit a season best time of 6.85 in the 60m dash for second place.
The Gophers picked up another title in the 800m. Joe McFarland clocked in at 1:53.58 to take home a first place finish. Matt Volz took third at 1:53.99 and Paul Hilsen rounded out the top ten with a time of 1:54.15.
Minnesota will next head to Lincoln, NE to defend their Big Ten Indoor championship run (three straight). Action gets underway next Friday at 10 a.m.
Other Top Performances
Shot: Logan Hussung second 17.03 (55-10 1/2) and Mark Jennings third 16.84m (55-3)
Weight Throw: Jon Lehman third 20.79m (68-2) and Quentin Mege fourth 19.35m (63-5)
400m: Frank Falzone second place (49.81)
Mile: Bob Nicolls fourth place (4:11.60)
High Jump: Danny Schiller third place 2.05m (6-8 ¾)