Gophers Close Out Home Slate with Snowshoe Open
Feb. 15, 2017

2017 Snowshoe Open
Date Friday, Feb. 17
Location University of Minnesota Fieldhouse | Minneapolis, Minn.
Meet Info Schedule | Heat Sheets
Time 3:30 p.m. CT
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MINNEAPOLIS ( -- The University of Minnesota men's track & field program closes out the 2017 home schedule with the Snowshoe Open on Friday, Feb. 17 at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse on campus. 

The action gets underway at 3:30 p.m. CT. 

DMR Heading to South Bend
While the majority of the Gophers program will compete at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse this weekend, Minnesota will send a distance medley relay team to compete at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Loftus Sports Center in South Bend, Ind. The distance medley relay is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT.

Charles, Obsa Shine at ISU Classic 
Jordan Charles and Obsa Ali recorded notable performances last weekend as the Gophers competed at the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa. Charles was one of four individual event winners for the Gophers with a victory in the 60-meter dash -- running a personal record of 6.68 that currently leads the Big Ten. The time also ranks tied for second all-time at Minnesota. Meanwhile, Ali ran the second fastest 5,000 meters in school history at 13:57.43 -- a personal record and the second fastest time in the Big Ten this year. 

ISU Classic Day 1 Recap | ISU Classic Day 2 Recap | UST Showcase Recap

Rewind: 2016 Snowshoe Open Recap
The University of Minnesota picked up five titles at the 2016 Snowshoe Open with three Gophers returning as defending champions. Jackson Wellenstein set a meet record to win the 600 meters, clocking a 1:19.49. Luca Wieland led the high jump competition at 2.11 meters (6-11.00 ft.) and Joey Duerr won the 3,000 meters at 8:23.68. Goaner Deng picked up the win in the 800 meters at 1:49.82 while Sean Donnelly won the weight throw at 21.79 meters (71-06.00 ft.). 

Full Recap

Gophers Shine at USATF Cross Country Championships
Three true freshman posted top-20 performances in the junor eight-kilometer race at the USATF Cross Country Championships last Saturday in Bend, Ore. Hamza Ali led the way for the Maroon & Gold with a third-place finish (26:14.5), unofficially qualifying for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships next month in Uganda. Meanwhile, Nick Rink came in ninth (27:00.0) and Alec Basten finished 19th (27:54.0). 

Four to Lead in 2017
The Minnesota track & field program will feature four new captains for the 2017 season as Luca Wieland, Gian Ferretti, Mitch Hechsel and Charlie Lawrence will lead the Gophers throughout the year. Wieland, Ferretti and Hechsel were all honored as All-Americans during the 2016 season while Lawrence also served as captain of the cross country team this year and earned All-Big Ten honors. 

Wieland Sets School Record in Season Debut
One of several Gophers to compete already this year, senior multi-eventer Luca Wieland closed out 2016 with a huge performance at the SDSU Holiday Open and Multi. Wieland, who won the 2015 NCAA heptathlon title, broke his own school record in the event by totaling 6,089 points -- the third highest point total in Big Ten history and the 12th highest point total in NCAA history. Wieland was honored as the USTFCCCA national athlete of the week and the Big Ten athlete of the week for his accomplishment. 

Up Next: Big Ten Indoor Championships
The Gophers return to action next weekend, Feb. 24-25, at the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.




Wieland, Wiebke Earn Academic All-America


A three-time Academic All-American, Wieland represented the Maroon & Gold on the Second Team while Wiebke picked up his first career honor as a Third Team selection.

Mead Wins USATF 10,000 Meters


Mead’s title on Friday snapped Galen Rupp’s streak of eight consecutive USATF 10,000 meter championships.

Incoming Gophers Earn Track & Field Honors


Dawson LaRance was named the Montana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year and Hunter Lucas was named the North Dakota Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

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