A trio of Golden Gophers Ibrahim Kabia, Hans Storvick and Hassan Mead captured Big Ten titles on Sunday in Champaign, Ill. Minnesota finished fifth overall with 84 points. Michigan ended Wisconsin’s four-year winning streak but edging the Badgers for the team title.
“Our program is used to high team finishes but I was extremely proud to see four of our young men win Big Ten titles,” said Golden Gopher head coach Phil Lundin. “This whole team is returning next year and I expect to see more golden performances from them in the future.”
Kabia collected his first Big Ten title in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a season-best time of 10.29 seconds. He is just the second Gopher to win the Conference crown in the event, joining Fred Rodgers who won in 1998.
Kabia added a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.50.
In the following race for the men, Storvick led from wire-to-wire to capture the Big Ten title in the 809-meter run. Storvick clocked a time of 1 minute, 50.06 seconds, holding off a late challenge by Penn State’s Mark Miller (1:50.48. Storvick is the third Gopher to win a Big Ten title in the event and first in 24 years. Logan Stroman placed ninth in the final with a time of 1:54.67.
Mead, a true freshman, dominated the 5,000-meter run to win the event in a time of 14:16.38. Mead took the lead after the first 1,500 meters and was never seriously threatened. The Minnesota rookie is the first Gopher to win the event since they chaned the event to meters from miles.
Senior Eddie Kibira enjoyed a solid meet in his collegiate finale. Kibira finished seventh in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:06.81.
Aaron Studt was the top seed coming into the Championships in the shot put, but struggled in the circle. Studt gathered a point with an eighth-place showing with an effort of 56-10.