'U' Heads to NCAA Indoor Meet
March 7, 2018

2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Date Friday, March 9, 2018-Saturday, March 10, 2018
Location Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium | College Staton, Texas
Meet Info NCAA Home | Schedule | Tickets | Heat Sheets
Coverage Live Results
ESPN Stream Day 1 | Day 2 
TV Tape delay at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 11
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MINNEAPOLIS – Six members of the University of Minnesota men’s track & field program are heading to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M hosts the two-day event at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on 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.

Watch the National Championships
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.

4x400 Preview (Jonathan Webb, Matthew Baker, Ben Psicihulis, Jackson Wellenstein)
Finals: Saturday, March 10 at 6:40 p.m. CT
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.

Heptathlon Preview (Teddy Frid)
60m: Friday, March 9 at 12:00 p.m. CT
Long Jump: Friday, March 9 at 12:40 p.m. CT
Shot Put: Friday, March 9 at 1:50 p.m. CT
High Jump: Friday, March 9 at 3:00 p.m. CT
60mH: Saturday, March 10 at 12:00 p.m. CT
Pole Vault: Saturday, March 10 at 12:50 p.m. CT
1,000m: Saturday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. CT
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.

High Jump Preview (Ryan Lockard)
Finals: Saturday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. CT
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).

Lucas Reps 'U' at NACAC Championshipp
Minnesota freshman Hunter Lucas finished 22nd in the Men's U20 eight-kilometer race at the 2018 NACAC Cross Country Championships last weekend in El Salvador. Lucas clocked a time of 27:08.0 after qualifying for the race with a fourth-place finish in the Junior Men’s 8K at the USA Cross Country Championships. The Gophers have now been represented at two-straight NACAC Cross Country Championships with Nick Rink finishing eighth last year in Boca Raton, Fla., as the U.S. Under-20 Men’s Team claimed a gold medal. 

Minnesota Returns Six All-Americans to Roster

The Maroon & Gold return six All-Americans to the 2018 roster in Ryan Lockard (High Jump: 2016), Brad Neumann (4x400: 2016). Shane Streich (DMR: 2017), Jackson Wellenstein (DMR: 2017, 4x400: 2017), Derek Wiebke (DMR: 2017) and Obsa Ali (3KS: 2017). 

'U' Breaks Ground on T&F Facility 
The University of Minnesota officially broke ground on a new outdoor track & field venue on Friday, Oct. 20. The new stadium will feature a nine-lane track with three chutes, full field event hosting capabilities, and a design to allow sprints and certain field events to be held in multiple directions to take advantage of wind conditions on competition days. These features, along with permanent and event-based seating, provide the flexibility and the amenities to host a wide variety of meets.

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