March 2, 2013
Junior John Simons ran the second sub-four minute mile in Minnesota men’s indoor track and field history on Saturday in the final day of competition at the Alex Wilson Invite in South Bend, Ind.
The Hartland, Wis., native finished first in his heat and third overall in Saturday’s one-mile race, crossing the finish line at 3:59.32 for the second –fastest performance in the event in school history. Only Ben Blankenship’s time of 3:57.87 in 2010 ranks higher in the Gophers indoor record book.
Simons’ time ranks third in the Big Ten this season and 21st in the nation.
In other action, a contingency of Gophers were in competition at the Iowa State University Qualifier in Ames on Saturday. Justin Barber and Micah Hegerle finished first and second, respectively, in the weight throw on Saturday. Barber took home top honors at 20.46 meters (67-01 1/2 ft.), edging Hegerle’s 20.43 meters (67-00 1/2 ft.) for the individual title. Senior Sean King finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.78.
Saturday’s performances follow another memorable performance from Friday night when Minnesota’s distance medley relay team of Harun Abda, Travis Burkstrand, Cameron Boy and Nick Hutton set a new school record, crossing the finish line at 9:29.22.
The NCAA will announce qualifying bids to this year’s indoor championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Sunday.
‘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
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.