May 22, 2013
|NCAA West Preliminary Round
|Date||Thursday, May 23-Satuday, May 25|
|Location||Mike A. Myers Stadium (Austin, Texas)|
|Meet Info||Schedule | Declared Athletes|
|Video Streaming||Thursday | Friday | Saturday|
|Heat Sheets||Thursday | Friday | Saturday (Field Events) (Running Events)|
|Statistics||2013 Performance List|
|Social Media||Facebook | @gophermtrackcc|
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota men's outdoor track and field program will compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships in Austin, Texas this weekend. The University of Texas's Mike A. Myers Stadium will host the three-day event, which runs May 23-25.
Coach's Comments - Steve Plasencia
"Anytime you have half the country together at the same meet, it's going to be tough competition. I think we have a group of guys that have the want-to and the ability to be successful at this meet and hopefully move on to Eugene for the finals."
Last Time Out - Big Tens
The Gophers finished second at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Columbus, Ohio two weeks ago behind only Nebraska. Minnesota picked up three individual titles at the meet from Harun Abda (800 meters), Micah Hegerle (hammer throw) and Zach Siegmeier (pole vault) -- all three earned All-Big Ten First Team distinction while Quentin Mege and Oladipo Fagbemi also added All-Big Ten Second Team honors. Hegerle's title gave Minnesota its fourth-straight Big Ten hammer throw title.
Moving on to Eugene
The top 12 qualifiers (individual events and relays) from both regional preliminary championships will advance to compete at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships held June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
Minnesota NCAA Prelims Roster
Harun Abda - 800 meters, 4x400 meter relay
Justin Barber - Discus
Cameron Boy - 200 meters, 4x400 meter relay
Kevin Bradley - 4x400 meter relay
Alex Brend - 1,500 meter run
Travis Burkstrand - 800 meters
Jacob Capek - 400 meters, 4x400 meter relay
Logan Connors - Javelin
Goaner Deng - 4x400 meter relay
Wally Ellenson - High jump
Oladipo Fagbemi - Triple jump
Micah Hegerle - Hammer
John Holton - 4x400 Meter Relay
Dominique Howard - Discus
Logan Hussung - Shot put
Nick Hutton - 1,500 meter run
Mark Jennings - Shot put
Luke Johnson - Discus
Jon Lehman - Hammer
Quentin Mege - Hammer
Bob Nicolls - 3,000 meter steeplechase
Danny Schiller - High jump
Zach Siegmeier - Pole vault
John Simons - 1,500 meter run
Jack Szmanda - 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.