June 27, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (GopherSports.com) – Two runners with University of Minnesota ties opened the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships on Thursday night in Sacramento, Calif.
Thirteen-time All-American Harun Abda ran in the men’s 800, finishing fourth in his heat and 22nd overall as a competitor for Oregon Track Club Elite. Abda clocked a 1:50.12 in the preliminary but did not qualify for Friday’s semifinal. Duane Solomon paced all runners in the preliminary race with a time of 1:47.19.
Meanwhile, four-time All-American John Simons finished 13th in his heat and 25th overall in Thursday’s men’s 1,500 prelims. The Hartland, Wis., native ran a 3:51.33 but failed to qualify for the finals on Saturday. Leonel Manzano led the pack on Thursday with a time of 4:42.01.
Minnesota features one more competitor at this year’s U.S. Championships with Hassan Mead set for the men’s 5,000 meter final on Friday night at 11:25 p.m. CT.
Wieland Breaks School Record in Opener
A native of Saarbrucken, Germany, Wieland opened the season with 6,089 points at the two-day competition.
Riedy Wins Weight Throw at SDSU
Mac Riedy picked up the first win of the season for Minnesota in Brookings on Friday night.
Gophers Open Season at SDSU
Four members of the Maroon & Gold will be in action this weekend at the SDSU Holiday Open and Multi in Brookings, S.D.