May 11, 2012
Junior Quentin Mege broke the school record this afternoon in the hammer throw at the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Mege landed a throw of 220-01 (67.08m) on his third attempt which set the school record and locked up his second consecutive Big Ten outdoor hammer title.
"It is truly a great honor to win the title for the second straight year and break the school record at the Big Ten Championships," Mege said. "I think we have a great chance of winning the team title and I am excited for the rest of the weeekend."
Mege's previous best mark was 215-0 (65.54m), which he recorded at last month's Iowa Musco Twilight. His distance today shatters the old school record, which was set by current assistant coach Lynden Reder back in 2004, who landed a toss of 215-9 (65.76m).
"We're incrediblyexcited with Quentin's performance today," Reder said. "We hope that he will decide to come back for his final year of eligibility, not only for his throwing but for his leadership."
The Golden Gophers currently sit in second place with 21.50 points. Wisconsin leads the field with 26 points.
Jon Lehman also set a new personal-best mark with a toss of 201-4 (61.36m) for a fifth place finish. Lehman's previous best mark was 196-6 (59.89m) at the Drake Alternative meet.
Jack Szmanda took third in the pole vault with a mark of 17-3 (5.26m) and Pieter Gagnon finished eighth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 29:31.68, which earned the team their final point on the first day of action.
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