May 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, OHIO – For the fourth-straight year, a Minnesota Gopher earned top honors in the hammer throw at the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships as Micah Hegerle kicked off the conference competition with a win for Minnesota on Friday.
With a winning throw of 65.34 meters (214-04 ft.) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Hegerle earned his second career Big Ten title in the hammer throw as a senior after winning the event as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
Despite rainy weather that ultimately suspended competition following the hammer throw, Minnesota finished first and second at the Big Ten championships for the second year in a row with Quentin Mege battling through a broken hand to finish as the conference runner-up at 62.54 meters (205-02 ft.).
“This is a terrific performance for Micah, individually, and for our throwers as a whole,” Minnesota assistant coach Lynden Reder said. “We had less than ideal conditions with the weather, but our guys pushed each other to be successful like they have all season long.”
This year also marks the second year in a row that the pair of All-Americans and All-Big Ten honorees finished first and second in the event at the conference meet. Mege set a school record in the hammer throw to win the Big Ten title last year and best Hegerle in second at the 2012 meet while the pair has continued to push each other throughout the 2013 outdoor season. Mege re-set his own school record earlier this season with a throw of 67-49 meters (221-05 ft.).
The Big Ten championships continue Saturday and Sunday in Columbus.
Gophers Claim Five Titles at Stanford
Meanwhile, four unattached Gopher freshmen picked up titles at Concordia-St. Paul’s Holst Invitational on Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium in St. Paul.
Harold Headlines Opening Day at Stanford
The Gophers also added three top-10 all-time performances on Friday from Mitch Hechsel, Luke May and Obsa Ali.
Minnesota Heads West for Cardinal Classic
The Cardinal Classic is a two-day meet (Friday-Saturday) set at Cobb Track and Angell Field while the Holst Invitational is scheduled for Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium.