April 6, 2012
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).
Marcus Paulson won his respective heat in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:48.40 at the Stanford Invitational on Friday afternoon. Teammate Sean Olson finished fourth in the same heat after clocking in at 3:48.90.
The two-day event is being hosted by Stanford University, at the Cobb Track & Angeli Field in Palo Alto, CA.
In the 400 meter dash the Gophers had three finishers in the top 15. Kevin Bradley finished seventh overall with a time of 48.10 and John Holton ran a 48.13 to take eighth. Jacob Capek took 11th after running a 48.35.
Action continues today out in Palo Alto starting at 9 a.m. PT. Live results can be found here.
‘U’ Alum Siegmeier Joins Gophers Staff
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
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.