Feb. 26, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has ranked the Minnesota men’s indoor track and field team at No. 18 in this week’s national poll, announced by the organization on Tuesday.
One of five Big Ten teams ranked in this week’s poll, the Gopher are coming off a fifth-place finish at last weekend’s 2013 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. In the closest competition since 2003, Minnesota finished just four points behind Wisconsin for the conference title. The Badgers lead the Big Ten at fourth in this week’s national poll behind Arkansas, Florida and Texas A&M, respectively.
The 18th-ranked Gophers feature 13 top-50 individual performances in the nation this year including four performances ranked in the top 10 nationally. First Team All-Big Ten honoree Harun Abda has the eighth fastest 800-meter time this season at 1:48.14 and is a member of Minnesota’s 4x400 relay team that has the fifth fastest time of 3.07:19. Also on that relay team are Second Team All-Big Ten honorees Jacob Capek, Cameron Boy and Goaner Deng. The Gophers also feature two of the best weight throws in the nation this season with Micah Hegerle (21.84 meters) and Jon Lehman (21.79 meters) ranking sixth and seventh in the NCAA, respectively.
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