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.
Mead Set for IAAF World Championships
The men's 10,000 meters is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 4 at London Stadium.
Gophers Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors
Jordan Charles, Ryan Lockard, Shane Streich, Derek Wiebke and Luca Wieland represented Minnesota on the individual honor roll.
Wieland, Wiebke Earn Academic All-America
A three-time Academic All-American, Wieland represented the Maroon & Gold on the Second Team while Wiebke picked up his first career honor as a Third Team selection.