April 26, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa (GopherSports.com) – For the second time this season, Wally Ellenson matched his personal record in the high jump while Blayne Dulian set a personal record in the 1,500 meters at the 105th Drake Relays.
In his second appearance at the Drake Relays, Ellenson cleared 2.20 meters (7-02.50 ft.) to finish third in the high jump, just off the height of individual medalist Anthony May of Arkansas (2.23 meters, 7-03.75 ft.). The Minnesota sophomore finished fifth in the high jump at last year’s Drake Relays with a height of 2.12 meters (6-11.50 ft.).
Ellenson, who originally set his personal record of 2.20 meters at the NCAA Championships last season – earning All-America honors with an eighth-place finish, matched the performance earlier this season at the Sun Angel Classic in a second-place performance. The mark stands as the ninth best performance in the NCAA this season and the best in the Big Ten Conference.
For Dulian, the runner closed out the 105th Drake Relays for Minnesota by clocking a 3:46.51 to finish third in the 1,500 meters. Not only was it a personal best for Dulian at Minnesota, the time was a lifetime best for the junior.
Meanwhile in the relays, the 1,600 meter sprint medley paced its section and finished seventh overall on Saturday. The squad of senior Jacob Capek and freshmen Brad Neumann, Nate Roese and Mitchell Hechsel clocked a 3:20.30 in the race.
Also in action, Derek Storkel set a season-best mark of 9:06.04 to finish seventh in the 3,000 meter steeplechase while Goaner Deng finished 12th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.10.
Abda Advances at Olympic Trials
The Fridley, Minn., native and 13-time All-American finished 13th overall and automatically advanced with a third-place finish in his first round heat.
Six Gophers Head to U.S. Olympic Trials
Senior All-Americans Goaner Deng and Sean Donnelly will join All-American Gopher greats Hassan Mead, Harun Abda, Ben Blankenship and Zach Siegmeier.
Gophers Post Top-15 Finishes at USATF Junior Meet
Connor Rousemiller and Jonathan Tharaldsen were in action over the weekend, representing the Maroon & Gold.