June 8, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. – The Minnesota men’s outdoor track and field team wrapped up the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 11 All-America honors as John Simons added Second Team honors with a 10th-place finish in the 1,500 meter finals on Saturday. Oladipo Fagbemi also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in the triple jump on the final day of competition, finishing 21st.
In a 1,500 meter final that stayed tight until the final lap and included a late spill that took down two competitors, Simons picked up his first outdoor All-America honor and the second accolade of the his career (2013 indoor mile) with a 10th-place finish in Saturday’s finals. The Gopher clocked a 3:54.25 to earn Second Team All-America honors for the Gophers, giving the program its second-straight All-America accolade in the 1,500 meters (Nick Hutton, 2012).
Meanwhile, Fagbemi earned the first national distinction of his career on Saturday, posting a jump of 50-06.25 ft. (15.40 meters) in the triple jump to finish 21st for Honorable Mention All-America honors.
The Gophers also picked up First Team All-America honors from Harun Abda (800 meters, fourth, 1:47.60), Travis Burkstrand (800 meters, eighth, 1:48.24), Micah Hegerle (hammer throw, sixth, 217-00 ft., 66.15 meters ) and Wally Ellenson (high jump, tied-eighth, 7-02.5 ft., 2.20 meters). Second Team All-America honors went to Quentin Mege (hammer throw, 13th, 207-03 ft., 63.18 meters) and the 4x400 meter relay team of Abda, Cameron Boy, Jacob Capek and Goaner Deng (15th, 3:06.91).
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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.
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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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