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.
Abda Advances at Olympic Trials
The Fridley, Minn., native and 13-time All-American finished 13th overall and automatically advanced with a third-place finish in his first round heat.
Six Gophers Head to U.S. Olympic Trials
Senior All-Americans Goaner Deng and Sean Donnelly will join All-American Gopher greats Hassan Mead, Harun Abda, Ben Blankenship and Zach Siegmeier.
Gophers Post Top-15 Finishes at USATF Junior Meet
Connor Rousemiller and Jonathan Tharaldsen were in action over the weekend, representing the Maroon & Gold.