March 29, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Justin Barber picked up an individual title in the collegiate hammer throw on Friday to pace the Minnesota men's track and field team in the opening day of the Stanford Invitational.
The Gophers sophomore picked up his second win of the year and first of the outdoor season after pacing the competition in the hammer throw with a winning throw of 56.7 meters (186-03 ft.).
Meanwhile, Zach Siegmeier followed up his personal record in the pole vault two weeks ago by nearly matching the feat on Friday. Siegmeier finished second in the event with a vault of 5.25 meters (17-02 3/4 ft.). Siegmeier set a personal record of 5.30 meters with a first-place finish at the Baldy Castillo Invitational earlier this month in Tempe, Ariz.
The Gophers also picked up a fourth-place finish from Jacob Capek in the 400-meter dash. The indoor All-American earlier this year posted Minnesota's fastest time in the event this year, crossing the finish line at 47.32.
Barber also paced Minnesota's competitors in the invitational discus throw with a fifth-place finish of 54.55 meters (179-00 ft.). Mark Jennings and Dominique Howard finished seventh and eighth in the event, respectively.
In the collegiate discus throw, Logan Hussung finished fifth with a throw of 48.25 meters (158-04 ft.) while Luke Johnson came in seventh at 47.85 meters (157-00 ft.). Logan Connors finished seventh in the javelin throw with a toss of 60.58 meters (198-09 ft.).
Minnesota continues the weekend action on Saturday in Palo Alto.
Gophers Earn USTFCCCA Academic Merits
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Blankenship Joins Mead on Olympic Team
A native of Stillwater, Minn., Blankenship took third in the 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field, clocking a 3:36.18.
Mead Punches Olympic Ticket
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.