May 18, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (GopherSports.com) – The University of Minnesota men’s track & field team closed out the 2014 Big Ten Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday with the Gophers finishing 10th behind individual titles from Zach Siegmeier in the pole vault and Trevor Yedoni in the long jump.
“Zach and Trevor really gave us standout performances this weekend at a tremendously competitive meet,” Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia said. “It was great to see Zach go out with another title in his last conference meet, and we were thrilled to see Trevor turn some heads with a great performance in the long jump. Now we have to take a step back and start getting ready for the NCAA regional.”
Minnesota totaled 44 points over the three-day event at Purdue’s Rankin Track & Field including several top-10 performances on Sunday in the meet finale.
Logan Connors cleared 63.09 meters (208-04 ft.) to finish fourth in the javelin and give the Maroon & Gold five points in the event.
The Gophers picked up two team points with a seventh-place finish in the 4x100 meter finals after crossing the finish line at 41.24 and earned another pair of points from Goaner Deng’s seventh-place finish in the 800 meter finals. Deng clocked a 1:51.63 in the event.
Alex Brend added a point in the 1,500 meter finals, finishing eighth at 3:53.92 while the 4x400 meter relay team of Jacob Capek, Mitchell Hechsel, Deng and Nate Roese picked up a point with their eighth-place finish at 3:10.40. Capek also finished ninth in the 400 meters with a time of 47.74.
In the shot put, Emmanuel Onyia paced the Gophers in 11th at 17.65 meters (57-07.50 ft.) followed by Mark Jennings in 12th at 17.52 meters (57-05.75 ft.). Luke Johnson finished 17th at 16.47 meters (54-00.50 ft.) while Logan Hussung finished 21st at 16.15 meters (53-00.00 ft.).
A senior captain, Siegmeier successfully defended his 2013 outdoor Big Ten title in the pole vault by clearing 5.45 meters (17-10.50 ft.) on Saturday afternoon after weather prevented the competition on Friday. Siegmeier, who also won the Big Ten indoor title earlier this year, is the first Gopher to sweep the Big Ten pole vaulting season since Ben Peterson won both the indoor and outdoor titles in 2010.
Yedoni set a new persona record in the long jump by clearing 7.57 meters (24.10 ft.) on his sixth and final attempt of the day to pick up his first career Big Ten title. The conference title is Minnesota’s first since Derek Gearman in 2006.
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