April 22, 2014
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (GopherSports.com) – The University of Minnesota men’s track & field team earned 14 individual titles on Monday night while competing in the Tom Cat Twilight at O’Shaughnessy Stadium.
Minnesota finished 1-2-3 in four events on Monday night – the 400 meter run, the 5,000 meter run, the high jump and the shot put – while the Gophers also finished first and second in the 400 meter hurdles and the pole vault.
All-American Jacob Capek led the pack in the 400 at 48.49, followed by Nate Roese at 48.72 and Mitch Hechsel at 48.82 while Steve Sulkin came in first in the 5,000 at 14:29.42. Eric Colvin finished second with a time of 14:37.10 and Wayde Hall finished third at 15:01.30. Both Colvin and Hall ran as unattached competitors.
In the high jump, Wally Ellenson cleared 2.17 meters (7-01.50 ft.) to win his first competition of the outdoor campaign with Danny Schiller and Ryan Lockard (unattached) tying for second (2.08 meters, 6-09.75 ft.). Derek Jerde finished fifth in the high jump at 2.03 meters (6-08.00 ft.).
Emmanuel Onyia picked up his first win of the season in the shot put with a winning toss of 16.90 meters (55-05.50 ft.) followed by Mark Jennings in second (16.77 meters, 55-00.25 ft.) and Logan Hussung in third (16.51 meters, 54-02.00 ft.).
Rashawn Fountain edged Ben Holcomb in the 400 meter hurdles to finish first and second, respectively. Fountain clocked a 54.27 while Holcomb, who also won the 110 meter hurdles, crossed the line at 56.80. Logan Markuson picked up the pole vault title on Monday with a height of 4.70 meters (15-05.00 ft.) while Nick Sgarbossa came in second at 4.40 meters (14-05.25 ft.).
The Gophers also picked up wins from Brad Neumann in the 200 meter dash (21.52), Derek Wiebke in the 800 meter run (1:54.99, unattached), Holcomb in the 110 meter hurdles (14:54), the 4x100 meter relay team (41.27), Trevor Yedoni in the long jump (6.99 meters, 22-11.25 ft.), Jordan Charles in the triple jump (13.49 meters, 44-3.25 ft.), Bryan Bjerk in the discus (49.21 meters, 161-05 ft., unattached) and Gian Ferretti in the hammer throw (62.91 meters, 206-05 ft., unattached).
Neumann and Holcombe both contributed personal bests for the Gophers in their respective events while Wiebke won his first run at the 800 this season. Bjerk also finished sixth in the shot put competition (14.54 meters, 47-08.50 ft.).
'U' Wins Third-Straight Border Battle Dual
The Maroon & Gold outscored the Badgers 87-74 at the meet as Minnesota has now swept the Border Battle every year since the event returned in 2015.
Border Battle on Deck
The Camp Randall Memorial Sports Centers ("The Shell") hosts this weekend's Border Battle with field events beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT and field events starting at 12 p.m.
Gophers Claim 12 Titles in Opener
The Gophers throwers added a pair of titles in assistant coach Matt Conly first home event with the Maroon & Gold.