Feb. 9, 2012
ON YOUR MARK...GET SET....
The No. 10 Minnesota men's track and field team will be in two locations this weekend. A group of the distance runners will head out west to run at the Flotrack Husky Classic and the rest of the team will compete back down at Iowa State in the ISU Classic.
Meet: ISU Classic
Where: Ames, IA. Lied Recreation Center.
When: Thursday, Feb. 9 (12:30 p.m.) - Friday, Feb. 10 Jan. 14 11 a.m.)-Saturday, Feb. 11 (11 a.m.)
Live Results: Cylcones.com
FLOTRACK HUSKY CLASSIC
Meet: FloTrack Husky Classic
Where: Seattle, WA. (Dempsey Indoor)
When: Friday, Feb. 10-11 (4 p.m. PT)
Live Results: Gohuskies.com
Most of the team rested up last weekend, but the throwers and some multi-event athletes were still competing. In the shot put Trey Davis finished fourth overall with a toss of 18.20m (59-8 ½) and Mark Jennings finished with a mark of 16.25m (53-3 ¾) in Lincoln, NE. Micah Hegerle finished second in the weight throw after he landed a 20.29m (66-7) on his final throw inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Jon Lehman took third for the Gophers after landing a throw of 19.93m (65-4 ¾) and Quentin Mege finished in sixth with a mark of 19.11m (62-8 ½).
Competing here locally were a handful of Gophers. Minnesota took the top three spots in the 800m with Marcus Paulson finishing first after clocking in at 1:54.96, while Matt Volz was second at 1:55.47 and Paul Hilsen was in the third spot at 1:55.49.
The Gophers also had four top finshers in the pole vault. Zach Siegmeier and Jack Szmanda each were at the top of the group after they both cleared 4.90m (16-0 3/4). Adam Isakson and Logan Markuson were each behind them in after clearing 4.75m (15-7) each.
THE GOLDEN GOPHER COACHING STAFF
Steve Plasencia enters his fourth season as the Golden Gophers head women's track & field coach. Plasencia was Plasencia was awarded his fifth consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year award, adding the 2011 indoor accolade to those from the 2009 and 2010 indoor and outdoor seasons. Plasencia heads an extremely experienced coaching staff that includes assistants Scott Berggren, Paul Thornton, Lynden Reder, Steve White and Roy Griak.
‘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.