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.
‘U’ Alum Siegmeier Joins Gophers Staff
A two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, Zach Siegmeier will serve as director of operations for men's track & field and cross country.
Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals
Mead and Blankenship recorded the best Olympic finishes by Gophers since Staffan Strand finished sixth in the high jump for Sweden during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Blankenship Punches Ticket to Olympic Final
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.