April 26, 2012
Minnesota has kicked off the 103rd Drake Relays. The Golden Gophers were entered in only one event on Thursday night and that was the 5,000 meter run.
Andrew Larsen and Marcus Paulson represented the Maroon and Gold and each ran a season-best time, as well both finished in the top five. Larson ran 14:09.71, to place third for the Gophers. His best time this season was 14:15.39, back at the Stanford Invitational earlier this month. Paulson, took fourth overall with a time of 14:17.77. One month ago, Paulson ran a 14:43.55 at the ASU Invitational.
Action at the Drake Relays continues tomorrow and will conclude on Saturday.
Minnesota sent a pack of athletes across town to compete in the Bolstorff Twilight, at Malacester College. The Golden Gophers scored a total of 181.5 points to win the overall event. On the night Minnesota captured eight individual titles on a chilly afternoon.
The Gophers took the first two spots in the 110 meter hurdles with Alex Migit and Ryan Todhunter. Might clocked in at 15.27, while Todhunter finished in 15.39. Migit would later pick up another title in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 53.70.
Sam Kettenhofen finished first in the long jump for Minnesota with a leap of 6.77m for first place honors.
Six Gophers Set for USATF Championships
The best track & field athletes in the country will compete to qualify for the IAAF World Championships to be held in London Aug. 4-13.
Future Gophers Claim 13 State Titles
Seven signed Gophers track & field prospects combined for 13 state championships during the 2016-17 academic year as the future competitors for the Maroon & Gold wrap up their prep careers.
Wieland Named B1G Field Athlete of the Year
Wieland's outdoor campaign was highlighted by a First Team All-America performance and a school record in the decathlon while he also added a Big Ten title in the high jump.