March 15, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Minnesota men’s track and field team opened the 2013 outdoor season with a bang as Quentin Mege set a new school record in the hammer throw to pick up top honors at the 2013 Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
Mege broke his own school record with a winning toss of 67.49 meters (221-05) for the top mark in the nation this season, while Micah Hegerle also set a personal record in third with a throw of 65.58 meters (215-02). Jon Lehman (tied for fourth, 62.41 meters, 204-09) and Justin Barber (seventh, 56.86 meters, 186-06) also set personal records on Friday.
Minnesota also listed a pair of runners in the top 10 of Friday’s 1,500-meter run at the Baldy Castillo Invitational. Blayne Dulian finished fourth at the meet with a time of 3:49.95 while Bob Nicolls followed suit in fifth at 3:49.80.
The Gophers close out the 2013 Baldy Castillo Invitational on Saturday.
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.
Mead Moves on to Olympic 5,000 Final
Mead races in the 5,000 meter final at Olympic Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT.