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MINNEAPOLIS – Six members of the University of Minnesota men’s track & field program are headed to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships next month in College Station, Texas. The two-day event at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium is slated to run March 9-10.
Representing the Maroon & Gold will be the 4x400 meter relay team of Jonathan Webb, Matthew Baker, Ben Psicihulis and Jackson Wellenstein along with Teddy Frid in the heptathlon and Ryan Lockard in the high jump.
The 4x400 meter relay team punched its ticket to the NCAA meet last weekend by running 3:05.52 at the 2018 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships – a time thank ranks 11th among qualifying teams for the national meet. Moreover, Webb, Baker, Psicihulis and Wellenstein put together the second fastest 4x400 meter relay in Gophers history, behind Robb Merritt, Mikael Jakobsson, Adam Steele and Mitch Potter, who ran 3:03.48 in 2004. Wellenstein returns to the NCAA meet after earning Second Team All-America honors last year as part of Minnesota’s distance medley relay squad. Webb, Baker and Psicihulis are making their indoor NCAA meet debuts.
Frid will make his first appearance at the Division I NCAA meet in his first season with the Maroon & Gold. A two-time Division II All-American at the University of Sioux Falls, the Minnesota transfer qualified for this year’s national championship with his personal record of 5,680 points in the heptathlon last weekend at the 2018 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships. Frid’s point total ranks 12th among NCAA qualifiers this year while it also stands as the fourth-highest point total all-time at the University of Minnesota. Frid recorded personal records in three events during last weekend’s heptathlon.
A Second Team All-American in the indoor high jump, Lockard returns to the NCAA field in 2018 after finishing 10th in 2016. He qualified for this year’s meet with a performance of 2.21 meters (7-03.00 ft.) at the Iowa State Classic earlier this season. The showing ranks tied for 13th among NCAA qualifiers and tied for third all-time at the University of Minnesota. Lockard finished as the runner-up at the Big Ten indoor meet, claiming his third career Second Team All-Big Ten honors (second for the indoor season).
ESPN3 will stream the meet live starting at 5:30 p.m. CT on March 9 and starting at 4 p.m. CT on March 10. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 11 on ESPN2.
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