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.
Gophers Claim 12 Titles in Opener
The Gophers throwers added a pair of titles in assistant coach Matt Conly first home event with the Maroon & Gold.
Gophers Kick Off Season with Minnesota Open
Field events for the Minnesota Open begin at 11 a.m. CT with running events set to begin at 12:30 p.m.
Gophers Pace B1G in USTFCCCA Rankings
One of three Big Ten programs in the opening rankings, the Maroon & Gold lead the conference followed by Penn State (20th) and Ohio State (21st).