Gophers Return to Action at Stanford Invitational
March 28, 2013
More than 3,300 athletes and 100 collegiate teams will converge at the 29th annual Stanford Invitational track and field meet on Friday and Saturday at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Competition begins each day at 9 a.m. PT with field events. On Friday, running events begin at 10:40 a.m. and continue to about 11:30 p.m. On Saturday, running events begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at about 5:30 p.m.
After a week off following the outdoor season opener, the Minnesota men's track and field team returns to action this weekend in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Gophers are coming off a strong performance in the season opener at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Four Minnesota competitors picked up individual titles.
Zach Siegmeier set a new personal record with his winning performance in the pole vault. The Gopher successfully cleared 5.30 meters (17-04 1/2 ft.) to pick up individual honors and improve his slot in the school outdoor record books to a tie for fifth with teammate Jack Szmanda. Szmanda finished fourth at the Baldy Castillo Invitational with a height of 5.20 meters (17-00 3/4 ft.).
Alex Brend paced the competition in the 800-meter run with a top-time of 1:51.88 while Oladipo Fagbemi bested teammateSam Kettenhofen in the long jump for a 1-2 finish for Minnesota. Fagbemi cleared 7.21 meters (23-08 ft.) for top honors in Tempe while Kettenhofen followed closely in second at 7.20 meters (23-07 1/2 ft.).
Minnesota’s fourth individual title came on Friday as Quentin Mege bested his own school record in the hammer throw and posted the top throw in the nation this year at 67.49 meters (221-05 ft.)
Mege was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for his performance while Brend earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week.
2012 Stanford Invitational Recap
Minnesota finished with four runners in the top 10 of the 800 meters. David Pachuta finished third overall after clocking in at 1:48.45. It was a new personal best time for Pachuta who is now ranked fifth on the all-time list. Harun Abda took fifth (1:48.87), Nick Hutton placed ninth (1:49.53) and Travis Burkstrand rounded out the top 10 with a time of 1:49.62.
Cameron Boy picked up a third place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 21.33.
In the field events Quentin Mege finished third overall in the hammer throw. Mege landed a toss of 205-9 (62.72m) on his second throw of the day. Mark Jennings landed a mark of 55-8 ¼ (16.97m) in the shot put for fifth place.
About The Stanford Invitational
The Stanford Invitational has been held continuously since 1985, but has its roots as far back as 1975 when Stanford first began holding a large late-March meet with the advent of the Stanford Relays.
The meet has taken different forms - with then-coach Brooks Johnson transforming it into the high-profile Martin Luther King Games from 1980-83 at Stanford Stadium. There was no meet in 1984, but it started up the following year and has taken different forms, such as the Stanford Track and Field Festival and the Diet Pepsi Track Challenge. It has been called the Stanford Invitational since 1995.