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).
Gophers Return to Action at ISU Classic
The Iowa State Classic is the longest running track and field meet hosted by Iowa State University.
Johnson Named USATF Minnesota Athlete of the Month
The senior captain won all three shot put competitions he participated in during the month of January.
Gophers Pace Shot Put at Bethel
True freshman Johnathan Tharaldsen qualified for the USA Track & Field Junior Championship with his personal record on Saturday.