May 12, 2012
After day two of three at the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships the No. 25 Minnesota men's track and field team sits in fifth place with 33.50 points. Wisconsin who is hosting the championships, leads the field with 62 overall points.
The Golden Gophers broke one school record and advanced student-athletes in four events for Sunday's finals.
Jack Szmanda broke the school record in the decathlon with a point total of 7,862, which was good for second place finish. Szmanda had a solid performance all the way down the board in the two-day event. The junior broke his own personal-best total of 7,663 which he set back earlier this season. Szmanda had a career-best time or mark in five of the events this weekend.
The Golden Gophers advanced two runners into the 400 meter finals with Harun Abda and Jacob Capek. Abda finished second overall in the prelims after clocking in at 46.21, while Capek ran a new personal best time of 47.41 to advance.
Cameron Boy clocked in at a career-best time of 21.10, which moves him into the finals and moves into a tie for eighth on Minnesota's all-time list.
Minnesota picked up two top eight finishers in the discus throw. Dominique Howard finished sixth overall with a throw of 182-01 (55.50m), which was also a new personal record. Mark Jennings rounded out the top eight with a mark of 177-02 (54.00m).
The final day of action will wrap up tomorrow beginning at 12:30, with the shot put. For a full schedule click here.
‘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
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