March 14, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (GopherSports.com) – Jon Lehman kicked off the 2014 NCAA Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships for the Minnesota men’s indoor track & field program with a 10th-place showing in the weight throw.
The Gopher captain cleared 20.90 meters (68-07 ft.) for the day as the first of three Gophers competing at the NCAA championships this weekend.
Lehman closed out his indoor career with an impressive performance for the 2014 season. A native of Coon Rapids, Minn., Lehman set the school record in the weight throw earlier this year at the Snowshoe Open with his throw of 22.98 meters (75-05 ft.).
The senior captain for the Gophers has four individual wins this season - the Snowshoe Open, the Bill Bergan Invitational, the Iowa State Classic and the Northwest Open.
The Second Team All-Big Ten honoree finished second in the weight throw at the conference meet earlier this month with a toss of 22.68 meters (74-05 ft.) and will compete at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M.
Gophers Earn USTFCCCA Academic Merits
Eight Gophers earned individual honors while Minnesota also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors.
Blankenship Joins Mead on Olympic Team
A native of Stillwater, Minn., Blankenship took third in the 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field, clocking a 3:36.18.
Mead Punches Olympic Ticket
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.