June 5, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. – The Minnesota men’s outdoor track and field program had a successful opening day at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with the duo of Harun Abda and Travis Burkstrand both advancing to the 800 meter finals on Friday.
With both Gophers running in the first and fastest heat of the event, Abda and Burkstrand finished third and fourth, respectively, in their heat (the top two finishers from each heat earned automatic bids to the finals while the final two finals slots went to the remaining fastest competitors – Abda and Burkstrand).
Abda clocked the third fastest overall time in the event on Wednesday afternoon in Eugene – posting 1:47.78 for the senior All-American’s fastest 800 meters of the season. Burkstrand wasn’t far behind his teammate, posting a 1:48.74 for the fifth-fastest time in the event in Wednesday’s semifinals.
The men’s 800 meter finals are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Minnesota continues the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday with the 1,500 meter semifinals (John Simons), the 4x400 meter relay semifinals (Abda, Jacob Capek, Kevin Bradley, Cameron Boy) and the hammer throw finals (Quentin Mege, Micah Hegerle).
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