March 16, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Minnesota men’s track and field team will return to Minneapolis with four individual titles following its outdoor season opener at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.
Zach Siegmeier set a new personal record with his winning performance in the pole vault. The Gopher successfully cleared 5.30 meters (17-04 1/2 ft.) to pick up individual honors and improve his slot in the school outdoor record books to a tie for fifth with teammate Jack Szmanda. Szmanda finished fourth at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on Saturday with a height of 5.20 meters (17-00 3/4 ft.).
Alex Brend paced the competition in the 800-meter run with a top-time of 1:51.88 while Oladipo Fagbemi bested teammate Sam Kettenhofen in the long jump for a 1-2 finish for Minnesota. Fagbemi cleared 7.21 meters (23-08 ft.) for top honors in Tempe while Kettenhofen followed closely in second at 7.20 meters (23-07 1/2 ft.).
Minnesota’s fourth individual title came on Friday as Quentin Mege bested his own school record in the hammer throw and posted the top throw in the nation this year at 67.49 meters (221-05 ft.)
Gophers Kick Off 108th Drake Relays
The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program opened up the 108th annual Drake Relays on Thursday night with four top-10 finishes by the Maroon & Gold.
Gophers Ready for Drake Relays
The Gophers will be in action starting Thursday, April 27 with competition coming to a close on Saturday, April 29.
Gophers Claim Six Titles at Stanford
Meanwhile, four unattached Gopher freshmen picked up titles at Concordia-St. Paul’s Holst Invitational on Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium in St. Paul.