May 17, 2012
The No. 21 Minnesota men’s track and field team learned today that a total of 23 student-athletes will be competing at the NCAA Preliminary Meet at the University of Texas, in Austin, TX., on May 24-26. For the third year, the NCAA will begin its qualifying for the outdoor track and field championships with an East and West preliminary round sites. The Golden Gophers are in the West region and the East region will be hosted by North Florida, in Jacksonville, Fla.
The top 12 individuals and relays from the preliminary rounds will advance to the NCAA Championships, June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
A full list of all student-athletes competing can be found here.
The Golden Gophers earning NCAA Preliminary Rounds berths are:
Harun Abda – 800m, 4x400m relay
Justin Barber - Discus
Cameron Boy - 200m, 4x100m relay
Kevin Bradley – 4x400m relay
Travis Burkstrand – 800m
Jacob Capek –4x100 relay
Trey Davis – Shot put, Discus
Pieter Gagnon – 10,000m
Micah Hegerle – Hammer, Discus
John Holton – 4x400m relay
Dominique Howard - Discus
Nick Hutton – 1,500m
Mark Jennings – Shot put
Sam Kettenhofen - 4x100m relay
Sean King – 100m, 4x100m relay
Jon Lehman - Hammer
Hassan Mead – 5,000m
Quentin Mege – Hammer
Bob Nicolls - Steeplechase
David Pachuta – 800m, 4x400m relay
Marcus Paulson – 1,500m
John Simons - 5,000m
Jack Szmanda - Decathlon, Pole Vault
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.
Mead Moves on to Olympic 5,000 Final
Mead races in the 5,000 meter final at Olympic Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT.