April 25, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa (GopherSports.com) - A four-peat was not in the cards for the University of Minnesota men's outdoor track & field team on Friday as the Gophers finished fifth in the 4x800 meter relays at the 105th Drake Relays.
The performance closes a run of three-straight wins in the 4x800 at Drake for Minnesota dating back to 2011.
Minnesota's team of Bradley Johnson, Alex Brend, John Simons and Goaner Deng clocked a 7:30.13 on Friday. Brend and Deng were the only returning runners in the event for Minnesota after losing All-Americans Travis Burkstrand and Harun Abda to graduation last year while Simons and Johnson both kept the Gophers in contention throughout their legs in their first 4x800 meter relay appearances. Washington took the crown in the event with a time of 7:18.50.
Minnesota also notched preliminary performances in the 4x400 meter relay and the 4x100 meter relay on Friday. The 4x400 team of Jacob Capek, Deng, Mitchell Hechsel and Nate Roese clocked a 3:08.39 to finish 13th while the 4x100 squad of Capek, Brad Neumann, Jordan Charles and Trevor Yedoni finished 18th with a time of 41.23 - Minnesota's fastest performance of the season in the event.
Meanwhile, the Gophers had a pair of field event competitors on Friday at Drake Stadium in Zach Siegmeier in the pole vault and Yedoni in the long jump. The defending indoor and outdoor Big Ten champion, Siegmeier cleared 5.30 meters (17-04.50 ft.) to finish fifth in the event while Yedoni recorded a leap of 6.96 meters (22-10.00 ft.) to finish 21st.
Ben Holcomb opened the day for Minnesota in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.88 in 25th but did not advance to Saturday's finals.
The Gophers close out the Drake Relays on Saturday while Minnesota will also have student-athletes at the Triton Invitational in San Diego and the SMU Cardinal Open in Winona on Saturday.
'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.