June 12, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – The No. 23 University of Minnesota men’s track & field program continued to find success at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday with seniors Jon Lehman and John Simons competing at Hayward Field.
A Coon Rapids, Minn., native, Lehman picked up his first career outdoor All-America honor and third overall with a 10th-place finish in the men’s hammer throw on Thursday. The senior topped out the competition with a throw of 64.27 meters (210-10 ft.) while his finish will earn Lehman Second Team All-America honors. Kent State’s Matthias Tayala won the event with a throw of 73.57 meters (241-04 ft.).
Simons, meanwhile, qualified for the men’s 1,500 meter finals after clocking a 3:41.65 in Thursday’s semifinals. Running in the events top heat, the Hartland, Wis., native finished fifth and will make his second career appearance in the NCAA men’s 1,500 meter finals. The 1,500 meter finals are scheduled for 4:18 p.m. CT on Saturday with Simons looking to best his 10th-place finish from one year ago. Simon’s semifinal heat on Thursday boasted the day’s top nine performances including Lawi Lalang of Arizona, who clocked a 3:41.03 to lead all runners at the meet.
“Our seniors continue to set the bar high for us, and we had two more great showings today from Jon Lehman and John Simons,” Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia said. “Both had to compete in very tough fields today, and they certainly stepped up to the challenge.”
The Golden Gophers continue to compete at the NCAA championships on Friday with Wally Ellenson (high jump, 5:20 p.m. CT) and Dominique Howard (discus, 6 p.m. CT) set to compete.
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