Gophers Return to Action at Stanford
April 3, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- The University of Minnesota men's track & field program continues the 2014 outdoor campaign this weekend at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.
The two-day meet is set for Cobb Track and Angell Field and is now in its 30th year. Over 114 colleges will compete in the event with about 3,300 athletes scheduled to participate between college and high school levels.
Hamline Invitational Canceled
Due to heavy snow on Thursday night and Friday, the Hamline Invitational in St. Paul, Minn., has been canceled.
Last Time Out
The University of Minnesota men's track & field team picked up three individual titles to open the outdoor season at the Baldy Castillo Invitational at Arizona's State's Sun Angel Stadium.
All-American and defending Big Ten indoor and outdoor pole vault champion Zach Siegmeier opened the outdoor campaign with a win at the Baldy Castillo Invitational. The senior cleared 5.40 meters (17-08.50 ft.) to lead all competitors in Tempe.
Jordan Charles won the men's triple jump on Saturday with a distance of 15.60 meters (51-02.25 ft.) for his first outdoor title as a collegiate athlete.
Minnesota's third title came from Goaner Deng in the 400-meter dash. The Gophers speedster clocked a 47.48 to pace the event, nearly a second faster than the runner up.
The Gophers also posted runner-up finishes in three events on Saturday and totaled four second-place finishes at the meet.
Honoring Roy Griak
The 2014 Minnesota men's track & field and cross country season marks the 50th year of service to the University of Minnesota by legendary coach Roy Griak. Griak served as the head coach of the Minnesota men's cross country team from 1963-1996 and led the Gophers to three Big Ten titles. Griak has remained on staff as an administrative assistant since handing over the reigns of the program to current Director of Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia. Minnesota honors its long-time coach each Fall with the Roy Griak Invitational -- the 28th running of the Griak was held on Sept. 28.
Next Time Out
The Gophers are back at it next weekend with a pair of meets. Minnesota will split up between the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Ariz., and the Holst Invitational in St. Paul, Minn.