May 3, 2012
The Minnesota men’s track and field team competed at the Golden Bear Twilight on Wednesday afternoon in St. Paul, MN. It was a final tune-up for the Golden Gophers before next weekend’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Madison, WI. On Friday a group of throwers will compete at the UNI Open.
Minnesota came away winning 10 titles on a hot and humid evening. The biggest victory on the night came in the 100 meter dash with junior Sean King. King clocked in at a season best time of 10.44 to win the overall race. The junior was just one-hundredth of a second off his career best time (10.43), but will take the momentum heading into next weekend.
Alex Migit picked up two titles in both the 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles. Migit finished with a time of 14.65 in the 100 and 53.07 in the 400. Both times for the senior were his best this season.
In the field events Oladipo Fagbemi swept the jumping events with a leap of 23-10 ¾ (7.28m) in the long jump and a mark of 48-1 ¾ (14.67m) in the triple jump. Jack Szmanda picked up another first place finish in the pole vault with a mark of 16-8 ¾ (5.10m) and Micah Hegerle won the discus throw with a toss of 169-9 (51.73m).
Minnesota’s throwers will compete Friday afternoon at the UNI Open. The Gophers next team competition will be the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships on the campus of the Universality of Wisconsin (May 11-13).
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