June 7, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. – The Minnesota men’s outdoor track and field team added three more All-America honors on Friday at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships as Harun Abda, Travis Burkstrand and Wally Ellenson all claimed First Team accolades for the Gophers. The Minnesota men’s program has now collected a total of nine All-America honors for the outdoor season with more possible on Saturday.
In his final collegiate event, Abda picked up his 13th overall All-America honor – adding a First Team accolade on Friday after garnering Second Team honors on Thursday as part of Minnesota’s 4x400 meter relay team along with Goaner Deng, Cameron Boy and Jacob Capek. The senior clocked a 1:47.60 in the 800 meter finals on Friday in Eugene to finish fourth, just over a second behind national champion Elijah Greer of Oregon (1:46.58).
Burkstrand also wrapped up his collegiate career on Friday with his first individual All-America honor, earning First Team accolades with an eighth-place finish in the 800 meters. The senior ran a 1:48.24 as the Gophers’ 800-meter duo earned Minnesota a total six team points with the program sitting in 22nd with a total of 9.50 points. Burkstrand now has a total of three All-America distinctions after picking up a pair of honors in the indoor distance medley relay in 2011 and 2013.
While Abda and Burkstrand closed out their collegiate careers on Friday, Ellenson improved his personal record yet again in his freshman campaign with the Gophers. The newcomer finished tied for eighth in the high jump to earn First Team All-America honors with a height of 7-02.5 ft. (2.20 meters). Ellenson is the first Gopher to earn All-America honors in the outdoor high jump since Kevin Netzer in 2004 (also finished eighth at 7-02.5 ft.).
'U' Wins Third-Straight Border Battle Dual
The Maroon & Gold outscored the Badgers 87-74 at the meet as Minnesota has now swept the Border Battle every year since the event returned in 2015.
Border Battle on Deck
The Camp Randall Memorial Sports Centers ("The Shell") hosts this weekend's Border Battle with field events beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT and field events starting at 12 p.m.
Gophers Claim 12 Titles in Opener
The Gophers throwers added a pair of titles in assistant coach Matt Conly first home event with the Maroon & Gold.