March 20, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 19 Minnesota men’s outdoor track and field team has swept the first Big Ten weekly awards of the season with Quentin Mege and Alex Brend earning honors from the conference office on Wednesday.
Mege has been named the Big Ten Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week after besting his own school record and posting the top performance in the nation this season in the hammer throw. The senior from Chelles, France cleared 67.49 meters (221-05 ft.) for top honors at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on Friday in Tempe, Ariz. Mege topped his previous school record of 67.08 meters (220-01 ft.), set in a winning performance at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, for his second career Big Ten outdoor weekly honor.
Brend, meanwhile, picked up Minnesota’s first Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honor since May 6, 2009 (Hassan Mead) with a first-place performance in his outdoor debut this weekend in the 800-meter run. The Hawthorn Woods, Ill., native earned individual honors at the Baldy Castillo Invitational with a meet-best time of 1:51.88 on Saturday, posting the best time in the Big Ten and the 10th best performance in the nation so far this season.
Minnesota returns to action on March 29-30 at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals
Mead and Blankenship recorded the best Olympic finishes by Gophers since Staffan Strand finished sixth in the high jump for Sweden during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Blankenship Punches Ticket to Olympic Final
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.
Mead Moves on to Olympic 5,000 Final
Mead races in the 5,000 meter final at Olympic Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT.