April 3, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – Harun Abda has been named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after posting the nation’s fastest time in the 800 meters over the weekend at the Stanford Invitational.
The Minnesota All-American picked up one of two titles for the No. 19 Gophers in Palo Alto in his outdoor 800 meters debut this season with a winning time of 1:48.62. The senior was also part of Minnesota’s 4x400 squad (along with Jacob Capek, Goaner Deng and Cameron Boy) that finished second at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 3:09.12. The mark stands as the top time in the Big Ten this season and the 20th best 4x400 in the nation.
This week’s honor marks Abda’s first career outdoor Big Ten honor while it is the second-consecutive accolade for Minnesota. The Maroon and Gold swept the Big Ten awards last week with Alex Brend (track) and Quentin Mege (field) earning honors from the conference.
The Gophers return to action this weekend at the Hamline Invitational.
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A two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, Zach Siegmeier will serve as director of operations for men's track & field and cross country.
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
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