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 Earn USTFCCCA Academic Merits
Eight Gophers earned individual honors while Minnesota also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 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.