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.
Gophers Claim Five Titles at Stanford
Meanwhile, four unattached Gopher freshmen picked up titles at Concordia-St. Paul’s Holst Invitational on Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium in St. Paul.
Harold Headlines Opening Day at Stanford
The Gophers also added three top-10 all-time performances on Friday from Mitch Hechsel, Luke May and Obsa Ali.
Minnesota Heads West for Cardinal Classic
The Cardinal Classic is a two-day meet (Friday-Saturday) set at Cobb Track and Angell Field while the Holst Invitational is scheduled for Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium.