April 19, 2012
Pieter Gagnon finished second overall in his 10,000 meter run heat at the 53rd Mt. Sac Relays. Gagnon clocked in at 29:24.11 for the Golden Gophers.
Also competing on Thursday was Jack Szmanda in the decathlon. Szmanda finished third overall with 7,663 points, which ranks him third all-time. Szmanda's highlight of the day came with a first place finish in the pole vault. The junior cleared 17-4 1/2 (5.30m) to take first place and bump up to fifth on the all-time list. Szmanda finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 47-1 (14.35m) and fifth in the discus with a toss of 131-5 (40.07m). He would also finish third overall in the 1,500 meter run after clocking in at 4:25.35.
Competing in the "A" section of the decathlon were Logan Markuson and Kenny Schofield. Markuson finished 12th (6,583) and Schofield took 13th (6,448) for the Gophers. Markuson's best finish came in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:20.68. Schofield finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 40-10 1/2 (12.46m) and fourth in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:39.17,
Minnesota returns the track on Friday with a full day of events starting at 1 p.m.
‘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.