No. 19 Gophers Set for Hamline Invitational
April 4, 2013
Over a dozen regional colleges and universities including members of the No. 19 Minnesota men's outdoor track and field team will head to St. Paul this weekend to compete in the Hamline Invitational.
The meet begins on Friday with a hammer throw competition at 3 p.m. before the rest of the competition kicks off on Saturday morning (field events at 10 a.m., running events at 11 a.m.).
Minnesota returns to action this weekend following a strong showing at the Stanford Invitational last weekend that included a pair of individual titles in Palo Alto.
Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Harun Abda ran the fastest 800-meter run in the NCAA this season to earn top honors in his outdoor season debut. Abda paced the competition with a winning time of 1:48.64 - topping Myles Andrews of Southern California by three-tenths of a second for the first two performances in the nation under 1:49 this season.
On Friday, Justin Barber picked up his second win of the year and first of the outdoor season after leading all student-athletes in the collegiate hammer throw with a winning throw of 56.7 meters (186-03 ft.) for Minnesota's second title of the weekend.
In other notable performances on Saturday, the Gophers listed three of the top seven competitors in the invitational hammer throw. Defending Big Ten Field Athlete of the WeekQuentin Mege finished second overall and first among attached student-athletes with a throw of 66.22 meters (217-03 ft.) while Micah Hegerle finished fourth overall at 63.27 meters (207-07 ft.). Jon Lehman came in seventh (third among attached competitors) at 60.10 meters (197-02 ft.).
Minnesota's 4x400 relay team picked up a runner-up finish behind Notre Dame on Saturday with a time of 3:09.12 - the best performance in the Big Ten this season and one of the top 10 finishes in the NCAA. Cameron Boy also posted the Big Ten's top performance in the 200 meters on Saturday, finishing second in the event with a time of 21.10.
2012 Hamline Invitational Recap
Hassan Mead won his first race of the outdoor season at the Hamline Invitational. Mead clocked a time of 3:52.47 to bring home his first outdoor title in the 1,500 meters. Joe McFarland took sixth with a time of 3:55.02.
Oladipo Fagbemi picked up two titles for the Golden Gophers. Fagbemi won the triple jump with a leap of 48-11 ¾ (14.93m) and in the 200 meters after clocking in at 22.32.
The Maroon and Gold finished on a very high note in the field events. Minnesota took the top three spots in the discus throw and the top two in the pole vault.
Dominique Howard picked up his second title in back-to-back weekends in the discus for the Gophers with a toss of 174-10 (53.30m). Justin Barber took second with a throw of 167-5 (51.04m) and Trey Davis finished third with a mark of 166-0 (50.59m).
In the pole vault Jack Szmanda cleared a career best height of 16-8 ¾ (5.10m). His previous mark was 16-6 ½ (5.04m) which he cleared earlier this season. Logan Markuson finished second after clearing 16-02 ¾ (4.95m).