13 Gophers Qualify for NCAA Action
May 18, 2017

Qualifiers List | NCAA Track & Field Central

MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program will send 13 competitors into NCAA action this season starting May 25-27 with the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field First Round in Austin, Texas.

The Maroon & Gold will compete in nine events at the regional while decathlete Luca Wieland has already punched his ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 7-10, in Eugene, Ore.

Wieland led the Gophers as a qualifier in three events – the senior will compete in the high jump and the 4x100 meter relay at the regional in addition to the decathlon at the NCAA championships. Wieland, who set school records in both the decathlon (8,201 points) and the heptathlon (6,070 points) earlier this year and was named Minnesota’s male recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor earlier this month, picked up his fourth career Big Ten event title last weekend by winning the high jump with a personal record of 2.20 meters (7-02.50 ft.). The performance stands as the sixth best qualifying mark at the regional while Wieland will be joined in the high jump by Ryan Lockard, whose mark of 2.17 meters (7-01.50 ft.) ranks 14th among qualifiers. Wieland’s qualifying mark in the decathlon ranks third in the nation.

The Gophers will also feature two competitors in both the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters. Mitch Hechsel and Nate Roese, who finished second and third in the 800 meters at the Big Ten meet last week, will run the event for the Gophers while Shane Streich and Derek Wiebke earned bids for the 1,500 meters. Hechsel’s qualifying mark of 1:47.39 ranks seventh at the regional while Roese’s time of 1:49.09 ranks 24th. Streich and Wiebke both qualified off their performances earlier this year at the Bryan Clay Invitational with Streich’s time of 3:42.81 ranking 17th and Wiebke’s time of 3:43.45 ranking 25th. Wiebke won the Big Ten indoor mile title earlier this season.

Meanwhile, Obsa Ali enters the opening round with one of the top qualifying times in the 3,000 meter steeplechase despite having just two races in the event under his belt. Ali finished as the runner-up in the event at the Big Ten championships with a time of 8:45.55 – a mark that ranks sixth at the regional.

Minnesota added individual qualifiers for the 110-meter hurdles in Jon Tollefson (14.05, 24th), the triple jump in Jordan Charles (15.39 meters, 50-06.00 ft., 32nd) and the pole vault in Glen Harold (5.11 meters, 16-09.25 ft., 44th).

The Gophers also qualified in both the 4x400 meter relay and the 4x4100 meter relay. Hechsel, Roese, Jonathan Webb and Jackson Wellenstein combined for a qualifying time of 3:08.51 in the 4x400 that ranks 18th while Charles, Webb, Wieland and Brad Neumann clocked a 40.23 in the 4x100 to qualify 22nd.

Tickets for the 2017 NCAA West Prelim are now on sale with all-meet tickets priced at $35 for adults, $25 for college students, youth, and seniors. Single-day tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for college students, youth, and seniors and will be on sale on Sunday, May 28. All seats are general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at TexasSports.com or by calling (512) 471-3333.

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