Minnesota Heads West for Cardinal Classic
April 20, 2017

Cardinal Classic (Stanford)
Date Friday, April 21-Saturday, April 22
Location Cobb Track and Angell Field | Stanford, Calif.
Meet Info Schedule | Heat Sheets
Coverage Results | FloTrack@GopherMCCTF | #Gophers 
Holst Invitational (Concordia-St. Paul
Date Saturday, April 22
Location SeaFoam Stadium | St. Paul, Minn.
Meet Info Meet Home | Schedule | Heat Sheets
Coverage Live Results | @GopherMCCTF | #Gophers 

MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- The University of Minnesota men's track & field program once again splits up this weekend for a pair of meets with one group heading to Stanford's Cardinal Classic and another set to compete at Concordia-St. Paul's Holst Invitational. 

The Cardinal Classic is a two-day meet (Friday-Saturday) set at Cobb Track and Angell Field while the Holst Invitational is scheduled for Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium. 

Scheduling Note
The Gophers will not compete at UW-La Crosse's Phil Esten Challenge or the Carleton Relays as previously scheduled. 

FloTrack to Stream Cardinal Classic
FloTrack will be at Stanford this weekend streaming the Cardinal Classic. Coverage begins at 8 pm CT time on Friday and continues through Saturday. FloPRO Stream Link

Wieland Breaks School Decathlon Record
A native of Saarbrucken, Germany, Wieland won the decathlon at the Mt. SAC Multi-Events and Relays behind six outdoor personal records for a score of 8,201 points – the biggest point total in school history. The mark also stands as the third highest point total in the nation and the highest point total in the Big Ten this year. Wieland has now posted new records for both of Minnesota’s multi-events this season – breaking his own heptathlon record to open the indoor campaign (6,089) while his decathlon score bests the previous school record of 7,862 set by Jack Szmanda in 2012. Wieland was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week. 

Looking Back at the Indoor Season
The Minnesota distance medley relay team of Shane Streich, Jackson Wellenstein, Mitch Hechsel and Derek Wiebke earned Second Team All-America honors following a ninth-place showing at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships last week. Wiebke added a Big Ten title in the mile -- his first conference crown as a Gopher -- with a personal record of 4:01.85.

Alum: Ben Blankenship Wins National Title in Men's Mile
Ben Blankenship claimed his first career U.S. title last weekend, winning the men’s mile at the 2017 U.S. Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Blankenship, who made his Olympic debut last year in the 1,500 meters, pushed hard in the bell lap to finish with a time of 3:59.22. Meanwhile, a pair of former Gophers throwers competed in the men’s weight throw with Sean Donnelly finishing third behind a new personal record of 23.57 meters (77-04.00 ft.) and Justin Barber finishing eighth at 20.55 meters (67-05.25 ft.).

Rink Helps USATF to NACAC Title
Nick Rink finished eighth at the 2017 NACAC Cross Country Championships to help the U.S. Under-20 Men’s Team win a gold medal on last Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla. Rink covered the 6,500-meter course at South County Regional Park in 19:30.09 to finish eighth overall and fourth among U.S. competitors. The United States totaled 25 points in the team victory, besting Mexico with 31, Canada with 42 and Puerto Rico with 49.

Ali, Plasencia Rep 'U' at IAAF World Cross Country Championships
True freshman Hamza Ali and Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia represented the University of Minnesota and the United States at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kamapla, Uganda.

Ali finished 52nd overall in the men’s U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds. Ali’s time was third among American runners in the event. Plasencia served as head coach of the U.S. Men’s Junior Team for the event.

Four to Lead in 2017
The Minnesota track & field program will feature four new captains for the 2017 season as Luca Wieland, Gian Ferretti, Mitch Hechsel and Charlie Lawrence will lead the Gophers throughout the year. Wieland, Ferretti and Hechsel were all honored as All-Americans during the 2016 season while Lawrence also served as captain of the cross country team this year and earned All-Big Ten honors.

Next Up: Drakey Relays/Bolstorff Twilight 
Minnesota continues the 2017 outdoor campaign next week with the Drake Relays (April 26-29) and Macalester's Bolstorff Twilight (April 27). 


 

 

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