Feb. 21, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (Gophersports.com) – Jon Lehman re-set his own school record in the indoor weight throw as one of nine titles on Senior Night at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse as the Gopher men’s indoor track & field team closed out its 2014 home schedule on Friday night with the Snowshoe Open.
Lehman, who originally set the school record earlier this year at the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, finished first on Friday night with a toss of 22.98 meters (75-04.75 ft.) – improving on his original record by almost three feet and recording the third-best weight throw in the nation this year. The performance is also a Snowshoe Open and University of Minnesota Fieldhouse record. Justin Barber finished third in the event (20.30 meters, 66-07.25 ft.) while Gian Ferretti came in fourth (19.97 meters, 65-06.25 ft.) as an unattached competitor.
“We had some good performances tonight, but we need to be better next week at the Big Ten championships,” Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia said. “Tonight was a good way to end the home stretch of our indoor season, but we definitely need to keep improving.”
Zach Siegmeier also had a memorable night for the Gophers in the pole vault. The senior cleared 5.45 meters (17-10.50 ft.) to win the event and set a new Snowshoe Open record. The performance stands tied for the ninth-best pole vault in the nation this season. Former Gopher Jack Szmanda finished second at 5.15 meters (16-10.75 ft.) while Logan Markuson came in third at 4.90 meters (16-00.75 ft.).
Minnesota closed out the night with a nice win in the 4x400-meter relay. The group of Austin Salargo, Rashawn Fountain, Mitch Hechsel and Nate Roese clocked a winning time of 3:15.03 to pace the event with Hechsel overtaking the field in the third leg and Roese finishing the race off by building a good lead for the relay team.
Minnesota picked up the top four finishes in the 600 meters on Friday with Nate Roese taking top honors at 1:19.85 followed by Rashawn Fountain (1:20.14), Trenton Daniels (unattached, 1:20.43) and Mitch Hechsel (1:21.58). The Gophers finished 1-2-3 in the 800 meters with Jeffrey Cottrell leading the group with a win at 1:52.65 followed by Derek Wiebke (unattached, 1:52.85) and Marcus Paulson (1:53.28).
The Gophers also picked up individual wins in the triple jump from Jordan Charles (unattached, 14.49 meters, 47-06.50 ft.), the 200 meters from Brad Nueman (unattached, 22.02) and the 400 meters from All-American Jacob Capek (49.13). Nueman also finished second in the 60-meter dash (6.94) behind former Gopher and Snowshoe Open record holder Ibrahim Kabia (6.88).
Four of the top five competitors in the shot put came wore the Maroon & Gold including runner-up Mark Jennings (17.57 meters, 57-07.75 ft.). Logan Hussung came in third (17.46 meters, 57-03.50 ft.) followed by Emmanuel Onyia in fourth (16.52 meters, 54-02.50 ft.) in fourth and Luke Johnson in fifth (16.48 meters, 54-01.00 ft.).
Four of the top seven times in the one-mile run came from Minnesota with Cole O’Brien pacing the Gophers’ contingency in second place with a time of 4:12.85. Derek Storkel finished fourth at 4:13.36 and Christian Skaret came in one spot behind his teammate in fifth with a time of 4:15.19. Troy Koivisto finished seventh at 4:19.3. Six of the top seven times came out of the first section of the one-mile run including all four Gophers.
In his season debut for the Gophers, Wally Ellenson finished second in the high jump by (2.05 meters, 6-08.75 ft.) behind only former Gopher All-American Matt Fisher, who cleared 2.10 meters (6-10.75 ft.) as an unattached competitor. Luca Wieland (2.00 meters, 6-06.75 ft.) finished fifth while Ryan Lockard (unattached), Derek Jerde and Nick Bachinski all tied for seventh (1.95 meters, 6-04.75 ft.). Lockard also finished fifth in the long jump with a height of 6.60 meters (21-08.00 ft.).
In the 60-meter hurdles, Ben Holcomb finished third with a time of 8.39.
The Gophers return to action next weekend with the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
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