April 18, 2013
WALNUT, Calif. -- The No. 24 Minnesota men's outdoor track and field team kicked off competition early this week with a pair of Gopher multi-eventers in competition at the Mt. SAC Relays/California Invite.
Jack Szmanda finished third in the decathlon at the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday after improving from eighth midway through the competition. Minnesota's all-time school record holder in the decathlon, Szmanda finished the competition with7,317 points including a first-place finish in the pole vault that matched the senior's season-high leap of 5.20 meters. Additionally, Szmanda finished third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:39.20 and fourth in the javelin throw with a toss of 49.79 meters. The senior also posted a throw of 35.31 meters to finish eighth in the discus and finished the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.45 seconds.
Szmanda's first day of competition was highlighted by a third-place finish in the shot put with a distance of 13.38 meters. Szmanda also finished third in his section and fifth overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.28 and fifth in his section in the 100-meters with a time of 11.31 seconds. The senior also tied for seventh-place finish in the high jump (1.92 meters) and posted a 10th-place finish in the long jump (6.52 meters).
Meanwhile at the California Invite, Kenny Schofield finished 10th with a total of 6,371 points. Schofield finished fifth or better in each of the four events he competed in on Wednesday, including a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.25 seconds. Schofield also posted a third-place finish in the long jump (6.70 meters), a fourth-place finish in the shot put (12.81 meters) and tied for fifth in the high jump (1.89 meters). Schofield also finished third in his section and fifth overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.20 seconds.
Schofield added a throw of 44.00 meters in the javelin on Thursday to finish eighth and posted a ninth-place finish in both the pole vault with a leap of 4.15 meters and the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:59.18. The Minnesota multi-eventer also added a throw of 22.23 meters in the discus and time of 16.22 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.
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