Minnesota Set for NCAA West Prelims in Austin

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May 22, 2013

NCAA West Preliminary Round
Date Thursday, May 23-Satuday, May 25
Location Mike A. Myers Stadium (Austin, Texas)
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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