Jan. 14, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota men’s indoor track and field team will open the 2014 campaign ranked ninth in the nation, according to this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings.
Minnesota is one of four Big Ten squads listed in the preseason ranking top-10 along with Wisconsin (fourth), Penn State (sixth) and Nebraska (eighth).
The Gophers return four All-Americans from last year’s squad in John Simons (mile), Jon Lehman (weight throw), Goaner Deng (4x400 relay) and Jacob Capek (4x400 relay) as Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia enters his sixth year at the helm of the Gophers track and field program.
Minnesota kicks off the 2014 campaign with the Northwest Open this Saturday at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse.
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
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Blankenship Paces Semis at Olympic Trials
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