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.
Three Gophers Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals
Mitch Hechsel and Nate Roese advanced in the 800 meters while Derek Wiebke moved on in the 1,500 meters.
Three Gophers Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District
Luca Wieland earned Academic All-District accolades for the third year in a row while Madeline Strandemo and Derek Wiebke picked up their first career honors.
'U' Heads to Texas for NCAA Regional
The three-day meet starts on Thursday, May 25 and runs through Saturday, May 27 at Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium.