Gophers Split Up for Weekend Meets
Feb. 13, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (Gophersports.com) -- The No. 15 University of Minnesota men's indoor track & field team will compete in a pair of meets this weekend with contingencies traveling to the Iowa State Classic and the Washington Husky Classic.
About the Iowa State Classic
One of the most talented fields the Gophers will see during the regular season, the 23rd annual Iowa State Classic features more than 50 teams from more than 20 conferences across the nation. More than 100 All-Americans and numerous professional athletes will be competing in this weekend's event.
The Gophers will kick off their part of the meet on Friday, Feb. 14 and continue on Saturday, Feb. 15 in the meet's final day of competition.
Minnesota owns one meet record at the Iowa State Classic with Harun Abda setting the 600-yard run record in 2012 with a time of 1:07.66. Abda graduated after last season with 13 All-America honors as the most decorated student-athlete in Minnesota men's track & field history. Jeffrey Cottrell, Rashawn Fountain, Mitch Hechsel, Bradley Johnson and Nate Roese are expected to compete in this year's 600-yard run and will attempt to best Abda's meet record.
About the Washington Husky Classic
While the majority of Gophers will head to Ames for the Iowa State Classic, Minnesota will send a handful of distance competitors to the Washington Husky Classic in Seattle this weekend. The meet will also feature an abundance of nationally ranked teams with half of the top-25 men's teams in the nation expected to compete including No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Oregon, No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Arizona and No. 15 Minnesota.
Action at the Washington Husky Classic gets underway on Friday, Feb. 14 and concludes on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Last Time Out - Bill Bergan Invitational
The No. 15 Minnesota men's indoor track & field team picked up its fourth-straight Bill Bergman Invitational team title last Saturday in the team's first road meet of the 2014 indoor season.
The Gophers totaled seven individual titles and 153 points at the meet, well ahead of runner-up Iowa with 96. In the event's five-year history, the Gophers have never finished below second.
Jon Lehman's winning toss of 22.09 meters (72-05.75 ft.) set a new Minnesota indoor weight throw record - a new personal record for the senior and one that bests former Minnesota All-American Micah Hegerle's previous Gophers' record of 21.95 meters (72-01 ft.).
Zach Siegmeier set a new personal record in Saturday's pole vault - picking up his second title of the season with a height of 5.35 meters (17-06.50 ft.).
The Gophers took home the top three finishes in the men's 3,000 meter seeded race with All-American John Simons taking the top place at 8:10. Bob Nicolls finished second to his teammate at 8:14.77 with Aaron Bartnik in third at 8:15.41.
The Gophers showed similar dominance in the one-mile run with four of the top five finishers. Blayne Dulian gave the Gophers another individual title with a top time of 4:06.643, followed by Marcus Paulson in third at 4:09.66, Derek Storkel in fourth at 4:11.32 and Christian Skaret in fifth at 4:11.59.
Minnesota also picked up three of the top five finishes in the men's 800 meters on Saturday, paced by Goaner Deng's winning time of 1:50.87. Danny Schiller added a win in the men's high jump, pacing the competition with a height of 2.10 meters (6-10.75 ft.) while Jeffrey Cottrell won the men's 800 meter unseeded race with a time of 1:52.24 followed by Michael Bolland in third at 1:54.01.