April 3, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota men's track and field team ranks 19th nationally, according to today's U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA) poll.
The Gophers also landed in 19th in the USTFCCCA preseason poll last month and have since compiled quality team performances at the Baldy Castillo Invitational to open the season and the Stanford Invitational last weekend.
Minnesota features nine top-20 individual performances this year and three top-10 finishes. Harun Abda boasts the nation's best time in the 800 meters this season while Quentin Mege and Micah Hegerle rank second and sixth, respectively, in the hammer throw. As a team, the Gophers boast the Big Ten's top performances this year in seven different events.
The Maroon and Gold earned 97.07 points in this week's poll as one of six Big Ten programs ranked by the USTFCCCA. Texas A&M, Arkansas, Florida, Oregon and Texas make up the top five in this week's men's poll.
The Gophers return to action this weekend at the Hamline Invitational.
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.