April 9, 2014
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (GopherSports.com) – In a midweek make-up meet, the University of Minnesota men's track & field team earned nine titles at the Hamline Invitational on Wednesday after the original event was postponed due to poor weather over the weekend.
The Gophers posted wins from Jon Lehman in the hammer throw (59.80 meters, 196-02 ft.), Dominique Howard in the discus (55.14 meters, 180-11 ft.), Emmanuel Onyia in the shot put (17.25 meters, 56-07.25 ft.), Zach Siegmeier in the pole vault (5.05 meters, 16-06.75 ft.), Wally Ellenson in the high jump (2.15 meters, 7-00.50 ft.), Rashawn Fountain in the 400-meter hurdles (54.26), Ben Holcomb in the 110-meter hurdles (14.79), Derek Wiebke in the 1,500-meter run (3:55.19, unattached) and Christian Skaret in the 800-meter run (1.53.70).
Minnesota returns to action this weekend at the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Ariz., and the Holst Invitational in St. Paul.
‘U’ Alum Siegmeier Joins Gophers Staff
A two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, Zach Siegmeier will serve as director of operations for men's track & field and cross country.
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.