March 12, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) officially recognized nine Gophers as All-Americans this week after the Minnesota men's indoor track and field team's performance at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
Minnesota, which finished tied for 12th at the meet, boasted a total of 12 All-America honors this season with each of the Gophers' nine competitors at the event earning the title of All-American.
Senior Harun Abda paced Minnesota with a trio of All-America honors - two First Team honors and one Second Team honor - to give the senior nine career All-America honors. Abda finished fifth in the 800-meters (1:48.24) and was part of Minnesota's distance medley relay team that finished third (9:34.21), picking up First Team honors in both events and adding a Second Team accolade as part of the 4x400 meter relay team with a 12th-place finish (3:08.65).
Minnesota's performance in the distance medley relay also gave Travis Burkstrand and Nick Hutton their second career All-America honor while Cameron Boy picked up his first career All-America accolade.
Boy and Abda were joined by Jacob Capek and Goaner Deng as Second Team All-Americans after Saturday's finish in the 4x400 meter relay. This year's honors mark Capek's second career All-America while Deng, a redshirt freshman, earned his first-ever honor.
John Simons closed out Minnesota's track honorees with his first career All-America, finishing fifth in the one-mile run with the third sub-four minute mile in Gopher indoor history (3:59.71).
The Gophers also had two competitors earn All-American status in the weight throw. Jon Lehman earned First Team All-America honors - the first national honor of his career - with a fifth-place finish of 20.35 meters while Micah Hegerle earned Second Team All-America honors in ninth at 20.26 meters. This year's honor marks Hegerle's third career All-America honor.
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