April 21, 2012
The Minnesota men’s track and field team wrapped up day two in the state of California on a high note. Minnesota has student-athletes competing in two different locations: the Mt. Sac Relays and the Azusa Pacific , no team score is being kept at either event.
Minnesota’s 4x400 relay team picked up a title at the Mt. Sac Relays on Friday night. Kevin Bradley, Harun Abda, David Pachuta and John Holton clocked it at 3:07.55. The group’s time ranks 10th on the all-time list.
Trey Davis finished fourth in the shot put for the Maroon and Gold. Davis landed a throw of 59-2 ¼ (18.04m) which is his furthest of the season.
Over at Azusa Pacific University, Nick Hutton clocked in at 3:44.64 for a seventh place finish in the 1,500 meters. His time also broke the Byan Clay Invitational all-time record and is the fastest time for the Gophers this season.
Thursday Results from the Azusa Multi-Events
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 will finsih up competion in California today (Saturday) and also have athletes comepeting at the Iowa Musco Twilight in the afternoon.
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.
Mead Moves on to Olympic 5,000 Final
Mead races in the 5,000 meter final at Olympic Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT.