April 6, 2013
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The No. 19 Minnesota men’s outdoor track and field team continued to find success this weekend, claiming nine individual titles at the Hamline Invitational and placing multiple competitors in the 800-meter run, the 1,500-meter run, the high jump, the pole vault and the discus throw.
Minnesota finished with the top four performances in the pole vault on Saturday with Zach Siegmeier finishing first at 5.20 meters. Jack Szmanda came in second at 5.05 meters followed by Logan Markuson in third at 4.90 meters and Adam Isakson at 4.75 meters in fourth. Szmanda also finished second in the long jump at 6.53 meters.
The Gophers also boasted the top four showings in the discus throw in St. Paul on Saturday with Justin Barber taking top honors at 53.69 meters. Mark Jennings came in second at 50.17 meters followed by Emmanuel Onyia in third at 49.95 meters and Dominique Howard in fourth at 49.51 meters
Wally Ellenson, running unattached for the Gophers on Saturday in his season debut, set a personal record and picked up a title in the high jump at 2.17 meters. Nick Bachinski finished second in the event while Danny Schiller came in third for Minnesota.
Christian Skaret paced the competition in the 800-meter run as the Gophers earned three of the top four finishes. Skaret earned top honors at 1:53.08 while Michael Bolland finished third at 1:53.57 and Blayne Dulian came in fourth at 1:55.44.
Minnesota also picked up two of the top three times in the 1,500-meter run including Derek Storkel’s winning time of 3:54.93. Aaron Bartnik finished third with a time of 3:56.87.
The Gophers also picked up the following individual titles: John Holton picked up an individual title in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.68. Kevin Bradley won the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.30 to edge Holton in second place. Ryan Todhunter finished first in the 110-meter hurdle with a winning time of 14.94. Goaner Deng came in first with a time of 54.48 in the 400-meter hurdles.
‘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.