May 30, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - The honors continue to roll in for Quentin Mege of the Minnesota men's track and field team. The recent Academic All-Big selection was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for the second consecutive year on Thursday afternoon.
A product of Chelles, France, Mege's exploits in the classroom rival his athletic achievements as the senior boasted a 3.92 grade point average as an undergraduate studying mechanical engineering and enrolled in graduate school in his final season with the Maroon and Gold. Mege also garnered Academic All-District honors in 2012 and added Capital One Academic All-American and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades following the season.
The Gophers' hammer thrower opened the 2013 outdoor season in dramatic fashion, re-setting his own school record with a throw of 221-05 ft. to earn honors at the Baldy Castillo Invitational - the mark stands as the best throw in the Big Ten this season and the seventh best performance in the nation.
The senior was hampered for most of the season by a broken hand but returned to finish second at the Big Ten Championships behind teammate Micah Hegerle - the duo have now combined for four-straight conference titles with Mege earning Big Ten titles in 2011 and 2012. The Second Team All-Big Ten selection qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and finished second with a toss of 217-07 ft., earning Mege a trip to the NCAA Championships.
Mege, who is once again eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors, will compete for an NCAA championship next month in Eugene, Ore.
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.