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.
‘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.