April 27, 2014
SAN DIEGO (GopherSports.com) -- While the University of Minnesota runners were at the 105th Drake Relays, the Gophers throwers were amid heavy competition at the Triton Invitational on Saturday, hosted by UC-San Diego.
The Gophers were led in the shot put by Mark Jennings and Luke Johnson, both with top 10 finishes. Jennings cleared 17.21 meters (56-05.75 ft.) to finish fifth while Johnson came in seventh at 16.97 meters (55-08.25 ft.).
Minnesota also sent several unattached competitors to the SMU Cardinal Open on Saturday in Winona. The Gophers posted three of the top six finishes in the hammer throw including medalist Gian Ferretti (63.14 meters, 207-02 ft.). Mac Riedy finished third (50.56 meters, 165-10 ft.) while Colton Bender came in sixth (46.59 meters, 152-10 ft.). Bryan Bjerk also finished ninth in the shot put (12.76 meters, 41-10.50 ft.)
Gophers Claim 12 Titles in Opener
The Gophers throwers added a pair of titles in assistant coach Matt Conly first home event with the Maroon & Gold.
Gophers Kick Off Season with Minnesota Open
Field events for the Minnesota Open begin at 11 a.m. CT with running events set to begin at 12:30 p.m.
Gophers Pace B1G in USTFCCCA Rankings
One of three Big Ten programs in the opening rankings, the Maroon & Gold lead the conference followed by Penn State (20th) and Ohio State (21st).