May 13, 2012
The No. 25 University of Minnesota men’s track and field team closed out the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Madison, Wis., on Sunday. Minnesota finished seventh overall after scoring 70.50 points. Wisconsin won the team title with a point total of 121. Nebraska (115.50) and Indiana (115) rounded out the top three.
“We had some very quality performances this weekend, especially breaking three school records,” Gopher head coach Steve Plasencia said. “Overall it was a very competitive meet down the line and we will move forward from here and continue to work harder.”
Minnesota finished the three-day event by breaking another school record and setting some new personal-best performance, as well as two runner-up finishes.
David Pachuta broke the third school record on the weekend for the Golden Gophers in the 800-meter run. The senior clocked in at 1:46.74 and finished second overall. Travis Burkstrand also recorded a new personal best time of 1:49.23, for a sixth place finish.
Hassan Mead also picked up a second place finish for Minnesota in the 5,000-meters. Mead finished with a time of 13:51.02 for the Gophers.
The 4x400-meter relay clocked in at 3:06.50 for a seventh place finish to close out the day. Jacob Capek, Harun Abda, Kevin Bradley and John Holton ran the relay and rank seventh on the all-time list.
Earlier in the day Abda and Capek each scored points for Minnesota in the 400-meter dash. Abda finished fourth overall with a time of 46.50 and Capek took eighth after running a 47.54.
The 4x100-meter relay team finished the championships in fifth place with a time of 40.73. Minnesota ran Capek, Sean King, Cameron Boy and Sam Kettenhofen ran the relay for the Gophers. Boy would also finish seventh (21.13) in the 200-meter dash.
Trey Davis set a new personal record in the shot put this afternoon. The senior finished sixth overall with a toss of 60-1 ¾ (18.33m), which keeps him ranked eighth on the all-time list. Mark Jennings did not place in the event, but also hit a new personal best mark of 56-4 ¾ (17.19m).
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