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.)
‘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.