April 19, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – The University of Minnesota men’s outdoor track & field team picked up seven titles at the Carleton Relays on Saturday at Laird Stadium while a smaller group of Gophers competed in distance events at the Mount SAC Relays in California.
Jacob Capek and Nate Roese finished first and second in the 400-meter dash, respectively. Capek crossed the line at 48.72 while Roese came in just over a second behind his teammate at 49.79. Minnesota also had the top two finishes in the 110-meter hurdles at Luca Wieland paced the race at 14.52 while Ben Holcomb came in second at 14.58.
Mitch Hechsel led the pack in the 800-meter run on Saturday at Carleton with a time of 1:52.65 while Aaron Bartnik finished first in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 3:55.09.
Among the field events, Logan Markuson finished first in the pole vault at Laird Stadium with a height of 4.72 meters (15-05.75 ft.) with Ryan Lockard and Gian Ferretti – both competing as unattached competitors – winning the high jump (2.06 meters, 6-09 ft.) and the hammer throw 65.46 meters (214-09 ft.), respectively.
Minnesota also posted notable performances from Danny Schiller (1.98 meters, 6-06 ft., second) and Nick Bachinski (1.93 meters, 6-04 ft., fourth) in the high jump, Colton Bender (49.09 meters, 161-00 ft., fourth) in the hammer throw, Bryan Bjerk (48.26 meters, 158-04 ft., second, unattached) in the discus, Jordan Charles (13.55 meters, 44-05 ft., third) in the triple jump and Ryan Lockard (6.44 meters, 21-01.50 ft., second, unattached) in the long jump.
While a large contingency of Gophers competed in Northfield, a smaller group spent the weekend in California at the Mount SAC Relays.
John Simons finished sixth in the 1,500 meter invitational elite run with a time of 3:41.94 in a tight race. The senior crossed the line less than two seconds behind winner Chad Noelle of Oklahoma State while his time ranks fourth all-time at Minnesota in the 1,500 meters.
The Gophers also featured a pair of runners in the 1,500 meter open run in Marcus Paulson and Alex Brend. The pair ran in the same section at the meet with Paulson clocking a 3:47.00 to finish fourth in his heat and eighth overall while Brend came across the line at 3:53.65 in 11th for the section and 70th overall.
The small band of Minnesota competitors started the meet with Andrew Larsen posting a seventh-place finish in the 10,000-meter invitational elite run. The senior came across the finish line at 29:28.30.
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