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.
Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC
Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships
Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.
Lockard Leads Gophers in Outdoor Opener
The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program kicked off the outdoor season with nine top-10 finishes at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.