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.
Blankenship Joins Mead on Olympic Team
A native of Stillwater, Minn., Blankenship took third in the 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field, clocking a 3:36.18.
Mead Punches Olympic Ticket
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.
Blankenship Paces Semis at Olympic Trials
The Stillwater, Minn., native led the field with a time of 3:44.24 in Friday's semifinals.