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 Earn USTFCCCA Academic Merits
Eight Gophers earned individual honors while Minnesota also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors.
Blankenship Joins Mead on Olympic Team
A native of Stillwater, Minn., Blankenship took third in the 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field, clocking a 3:36.18.
Mead Punches Olympic Ticket
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.