June 24, 2012
Despite recording one of the best performances of his career, senior David Pachuta was unable to advance to the 800m final at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday night.
Pachuta improved upon his quarterfinal time, finishing 1:46.83, just .21 seconds shy of his school-record mark set earlier this year at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The time placed him fifth and was the ninth fastest time of the day, placing him outside of the qualifiers as only the top three in each heat and the two next fastest overall times would advance.
Pachuta ran in the first heat of the semifinals against the top competitors of the day, including eight-time USA National Champion Khadevis Robinson. Five of the eight in his heat advanced to the final race on Monday.
Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC
Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships
Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.
Lockard Leads Gophers in Outdoor Opener
The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program kicked off the outdoor season with nine top-10 finishes at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.