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.
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
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)
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