|Date||Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013|
|Time||11 a.m. CT|
|Location||University of Minnesota Fieldhouse (Northwest)|
|Social Media||Facebook | @gophermtrackcc|
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota men's track & field program opens the 2013 indoor season this Saturday with the Northwest Open - the first of three home meets at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse this season.
Saturday's season opener is set to kick off at 11 a.m. CT with regional teams including North Dakota, St. Cloud State, St. Scholastica, Concordia-St. Paul, St. Thomas, Hamline, Minnesota State-Moorhead and Minnesota-Duluth.
Minnesota brings back last year's Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in Harun Abda - one of two All-Big Ten First Team selections for the Gophers returning this season along with thrower Micah Hegerle.
The Gophers also host the Jack Johnson Invitational next weekend on Jan. 18-19 and the Snowshoe Open on Feb. 15.
‘U’ Alum Siegmeier Joins Gophers Staff
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.
Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals
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
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.