March 15, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (GopherSports.com) - John Simons and Zach Siegmeier closed out the 2014 NCAA Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships with noteworthy performances in the 3,000 meters and the pole vault, respectively.
An All-American, Simons finished sixth in the 3,000 meter field on Saturday in a time of 8:14.40. The senior was less than three seconds off the lead of Oklahoma's Edward Cheserek in 8:11.59.
The Big Ten pole vault champion this year, Siegmeier finished 13th in Albuquerque. The senior cleared 5.30 meters (17-04.5 ft.) with Arkansas's Shawn Barber taking the individual title at 5.75 meters (18-10.25 ft.).
Jon Lehman opened the competition for Minnesota with a 10th-place finish in the weight throw on Friday. The school record holder cleared 20.90 meters (68-07 ft.) at the national championships.
‘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.