Thursday, December 17, 2009
-Matt Fisher jumped 6'11 ... compared to his PR of 7'4 this isn't earth shattering, but very encouraging since Matt ruptured his achilles tendon in the NCAA Championship Meet just 6 months ago! The other jumpers are ahead of last year also with Clauer and Parent jumping 6'7.
-Ben Peterson also returning from injury last year to clear 17' in the pole vault. Red-shirt multi-eventer Jack Szmanda vaulting 16'. Brock also looking solid at 16'6.
-David Pachuta looking fit in his 1,000-meter win, running 2:26.80. Logan Stroman ahead of last year in his 600-meter running 1:19.24
-The horizontal jumps group looked good with Ray, Tommy and Dipo all well over 47' in the triple jump from a short approach.
-The throws group had a good showing with Micah Hegerle and Andy Norman providing the main highlights... Micah 66'6 and Norman 63'7 w/30lb weight.
-Cameron Boy debuted well with his win in the 150-meter... Kevin Bradley also looked good in his 300-meter.
-Sean Duling continued his excellent fall training with a near PR in the 60-meter hurdles... 8.16.
Now the boys are working hard on finals before enjoying the holiday break!
Monday, December 7, 2009
As you know, the University of Minnesota Athletic Department will be hosting the Men’s Indoor Track Big Ten Championships on February 27 & 28, 2010.
Just a friendly reminder that the special ticket “pre-sale” for participating teams ends Friday, December 11. The tickets will go on sale to the public on December 14, 2010 We would sure like to have you join us to cheer on the team as they compete to win another Big Ten Title.
Call 1-800-U-GOPHER or 612-624-8080.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, February 27th:
10:00 a.m. Heptathlon 60-meters
10:40 a.m. Heptathlon long jump
11:50 a.m. Heptathlon shot put
12:50 p.m. Heptathlon high jump
1:30 p.m. Long jump (trials & finals)
3000-meters – unseeded
1:40 p.m. Shot put (trials & finals)
1:45 p.m. Pole vault (trials & finals)
2:30 p.m. One-mile (trials)
3:00 p.m. 400-meters (trials)
3:20 p.m. 60-meters (trials)
3:30 p.m. 800-meters (semi-finals)
3:50 p.m. 60-meter Hurdles (trials)
4:00 p.m. 600-meters (trials)
4:15 p.m. 200-meters (trials)
4:40 p.m. 3000-meters – seeded section
5:00 p.m. Distance medley relay (finals)
Sunday, February 28th:
9 a.m. Heptathlon 60-meter Hurdles
10:00 a.m. Heptathlon pole vault
11:00 a.m. High jump (trials & finals)
12:50 p.m. Weight throw (trials & finals)
1:00 p.m. 5000-meters – unseeded
1:30 p.m. Heptathlon 1000-meters to 3:30
1:50 p.m. One-Mile (finals)
2:00 p.m. 400-meters (finals)
2:10 p.m. 60-meters (finals)
2:20 p.m. 800-meters (finals)
2:30 p.m. 60-meter Hurdles (finals)
2:40 p.m. 600-meters (finals)
2:50 p.m. 200-meters (finals – 2 sections)
3:00 p.m. 5,000-meters – seeded section
3:25 p.m. 4x400-meter relay (finals – 2
3:45 p.m. AWARDS PRESENTATION
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We test the overhead back throw with a 16lb shot, between the legs front throw (w/16), standing long jump, standing triple jump and 30-meter acceleration. These performances are then plugged into a scoring table. Typically, a 300 point total is a significant bench-mark.
We had a very nice showing all across the board, and quite possibly the deepest 300-point club ever. We had 11 guys score 300-points or more - this not including 3 guys who likely would have gone over 300 (Studt, McGinnis and Kleinhuizen).
Joey Schweke took the 2009 title with his 339 total score. Kenny Schofield, Clay Gosse, Cameron Boy and Dipo Fagbemi all had notable performances for freshman... all going well over the 300 point mark with 324, 323, 319 and 310 respectively.
Jack Szmanda had the honorable mention runner-up finish, and most improved score - improving his 2008 score by 70+ points to 333.
After some Mesa Pizza the guys wrapped up classes on Wednesday and enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend (so did the coaches).
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Today the track guys will compete in the annual 'throwers pentathlon' ... we test standing long jump, standing triple jump, overhead back throw, between the legs front throw, and 30-meter acceleration. The competition is wide open with perenial favorite Aaron Studt out of the line-up. Some guys that should be in the mix for this years title... Joey Schweke, Jack Szmanzda, Ben Peterson.
Primary goals: Have fun. Stay healthy. Compete hard. Eat Pizza after.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Minnesota junior Hassan Mead earned his second consecutive U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest Region Athlete of the Year award, the USTFCCCA announced today. Mead captured back-to-back NCAA Midwest Region titles, winning the 2009 crown by 28 seconds. The Minneapolis (South HS) native also defended his Big Ten Conference title earlier this month as well.
Two-time All-American Mead and his Golden Gopher teammates compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday, Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Ind. The national meet will be televised live by the Versus Network.
“Hassan is a special athlete,” said Minnesota head coach Steve Plasencia. “He continues to work hard to improve his running. He is deserving of the awards that are coming his way. I look forward to Hassan running a great race next week at the NCAAs.”
Monday, November 16, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Minnesota junior Hassan Mead captured the individual title at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships leading the Golden Gophers to a third-place finish in the team standings.
Mead covered the 5.2-mile course at the Penn State Cross Country Course in a time of 25 minutes, 0.2 seconds. He is the third Gopher to win two or more Big Ten cross country crowns, joining Fred Watson (1913-15) and Garry Bjorklund (1969-71). Mead is the 19th Big Ten multiple champion and first since Wisconsin’s Simon Bairu won back-to-back crowns in 2004-04. Mead, who crossed the finish line 5.7 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, also collected his third All-Big Ten First Team honor of his career.
Senior Matt Barrett contributed a ninth-place finish to earn All-Big Ten Second Team accord. Barrett was timed in 25:35.2.
The Gophers compiled 97 team points to finish third behind Wisconsin (26) and Ohio State (91). The Badgers won their 11th straight Big Ten title.
Completing the scoring for the Gophers was Ben Blankenship, who finished 18th (25:53.4); Pieter Gagnon, who placed 27th in 26:09.4; and Derek Storkel, who finished 42nd in 26:41.9.
Other Gophers running were Paul Hilsen, who finished 55th in 27:06.2; and Mike McFarland, who placed 66th in 27:42.9.
Minnesota’s next competition is the NCAA Midwest Region Championships on Nov. 14 in Springfield, Mo.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
If you have any interest in playing some golf, or even just for joining us for dinner while supporting Gopher Track... we'd love for you see you!
Roy has been working for years now on fundraising for the program, with the ulitimate goal of endowing ALL of the track and field scholarships. This would be a significant step in securing the program for decades to come. The golf outing is the major event of the year.
If you'd like to play, or just support Roy's efforts by donating, please give him a call at 612-625-6063. You can also email me with any questions a email@example.com.
Every little bit helps us keep up the kind of success we've experienced this season!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Hassan advanced last night in the 5k after winning his prelim heat. After rain delays, the 5k went off at about 1am. Chris was unable to advance on time from his section. Studt advanced with his 60'5, ranking 9th going into finals this afternoon. Unfortunately Fisher went down with an achilles injury in the prelims of the high jump.
RJ had a solid first day until a hamstring cramp hampered his 400-meter... dropping him from 4th to 11th. He'll get it started again today in 30 minutes!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
...and in other news...
ANOTHER NEW GOPHER!
Harun Abda of Fridley has signed his National Letter of Intent to the University of Minnesota!
Harun has a PR of 1:50.74 from last year's state championship meet. Learn more about Harun HERE.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Ryan Todhunter: Pretty busy weekend at the ND State Championships this weekend. State record in the 300mH in 37.65 for the title... followed closely by another title in the 110mH in 14.26. For good measure, Ryan threw in a runner-up performance in the 200-meter in 22.39 and a 5th place finish in the 100-meter.
Drew Paradis: Dropped a nice PR in the 3200-meter in 9:21.30 in his conference meet.
Clay Gosse: Has extended his lead on the Wisconsin ranking in the shot put with his 60'5 toss. Also had a 169' discus in the same meet.
Cameron Boy: Dropped yet another bomb in the 200-meter... this time a 21.51 at his sub-section meet.
I'm sure there are other updates of note that I'm missing, but thought I'd get a few highlights up!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ryan is seeded at 11.04 in the 100-meter, 22.48 in the 200-meter, 14.10 in the 110-meter hurdles, and 38.58 in 300-meter hurdles. He also runs on the Red River 4x100 (yea, he's a busy guy). Jake is the top seed in the javelin at 185'8.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
He'll join forcese with Steve Sulkin, another top Illinois-prep runner here on campus next fall... Steve ran 9:01 through 3200-meters a few weeks back.
Monday, May 11, 2009
We're heading out to the Big Ten Championship at Ohio State on Thursday. The meet is Friday/Saturday/Sunday.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Hassan's performance also vaulted the Gophers 10 spots in the national team rankings to 17th.
Our small tune-up home meet is coming up this Friday and then it is go time next week at Big Ten's!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Olidipo Fagbemi: 'Dipo' leads the state of Wisconsin in the triple with his 48'10 and long jump with his 23'4
Steve Sulkin: Steve just ran 9:01.11 for 3200-meters this weekend which ranks 7th on dyestat.com
Jon Lehman: Jon leads class 'AA' in discus with his 169'3 from last week
Cameron Boy: Cameron leads class 'A' in the 200-meter with his 21.71 from the Elite-Meet
Derek Storkel: Derek leads Wisconsin in the 3200-meter with his 9:25.94 and has also run 4:17.8 in the 1600-meter
Ryan Todhunter: Ryan leads North Dakota in the 110mH with his 14.34 and tied for lead in the 100-meter with his 11.04
Jake Malm: Jake leads North Dakota in the javelin with his 185'3
Clay Gosse: Clay leads Wisconsin in the shot put with his 57'6
Thursday, April 30, 2009
The Big Ten award is the programs 9th of the year!!!
Here are some video highlights from last week...
Drake Relays Champions: 4x1600-Meter Relay
Drake Relays Champion: Studt's 61'6
Friday, April 24, 2009
The Star Tribune did a write up about Brian last week... you can check it out HERE.
Here is his 64' at Macalester:
... 4x1600 relay team with a gutsy win! Blankenship closed the anchor in 4:01-low to lean out Stanford's Eliott Heath. The Gophers average 4:07's for the win. Team was Mead, Richardson, Rombough and Blankenship.
...Studt takes another Drake title with his 61'6 for his second title in as many years. Kleinhuizen finishing a great week with his 54'11. (Hit 58' on Wednesday at MAC to go with a PR in the discus AND hammer).
... Brock Spandl going big in gusty conditions with his 17'1 vault. (might be an outdoor PR?)
4x800 up is up tonight! Hopefully the thunder storms stay away...
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Some major higlights: Ibes having a nice night in the 100/200 with a 10.54 and 21.83, the 110mH guys all hitting big PR's led by Silovich in 14.30, then Duling in 14.49 and RJ in 14.59. Also, down at St. Mary's, the hammer guys had a nice day with Bastian going 196' and Studt going 191'.
Other notables: Joe Plencner 16'11 in vault, Paul Hoplin 201' in javelin, Micah Hegerle 176' in hammer, Kevin Bradley 47.82 in the 400-meter, Fisher hitting 7'0, Demer going 23' in LJ, Ray going 47'4 in triple and Kleinhuizen with another 55+ shot put.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Joey Schweke and Garrett Wankel are off to a good start in the Kansas Relays decathlon. Joey leads after Day 1 with five 'Dec' PR's. Both have started off the second day strong with solid performances in the hurdles and discus. Joey remains 1st after 7 events and Garrett has moved into 4th.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Although we hit 'Minnesota spring-like' conditions at ASU during the Sun Angel Classic, we came away with some solid performances. On Friday, the throwers got it started with Andy Bastian and Trey Davis both punching their ticket to the NCAA Regional Championship. Bastian had a season best of 188'9 in the hammer and Davis had a lifetime best of 172' in the discus at Mesa. Jerry Netland also hit a PR as the discus guys were at the Mesa Classic down the road from ASU.
Saturday, we woke up to a cold and rainy morning but the Gophers hit some additional NCAA Regional marks as the day went on. Ben Blankenship took the meet title in the 1500-meter in 3:45.73, while the youngster Andy Richardson also hit the regional mark with his 3:46.95. Aaron Studt kept it going later in the evening with his season opener in the shot put. His 61'11 was also good enough for an NCAA regional.
We'll stay in the area this weekend with St. Thomas on Friday night, and a few heading to Carleton on Saturday.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Kenny Schofield: Cotton High School, Cotton MN.
Kenny (6'7) is the 2007 Minnesota State Champion in the triple jump. In 2008, he qualified for the State Championship Meet in 4 events (the triple jump, long jump, high jump and the 4x100-meter relay) while finishing runner-up in the triple. Kenny is the top returning triple jumper in both classes.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Drew Paradis: Jefferson High School, Alexandria, MN
Drew was the 5th place finisher at the 2008 Minnesota State Cross Country Meet with a time of 15:51. He was 6th at the NXN heartland regional, which qualified him individually for the NXN national meet in Portland, Oregon. He finished 102nd in the meet with a time of 16:27. On the track at Alexandria, he has run 9:36 for 3200 meters and 4:27 for 1600 meters.
Cameron Boy: Jordan High School, Jordan, MN
Cameron (6'4) is the returning Class 'A' State Champion at 200-meters with a personal best at the Minnesota State Track and Field Championships of 22.00 FAT (+.09w).
Steve Sulkin- York High School- Elmhurst, Illinois
Steve was the NXN Midwest Regional champion, and placed 14th at the NXN national finals. He then qualified for the Footlocker National championship, where he finished 23rd in a time of 15:58. He was the runner-up at the state cross country meet, covering the 3-mile course in 14:19. He has also run 9:12 for 3200 meters, earning him 3rd place at the 2008 Illinois state track meet.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I'll try to post some video highlights from the spring trip later this week.
Also, and I know this is a little delayed, but here is a video of Aaron Studt's 63'7 toss which earned him runner-up in the NCAA meet a few weeks ago (moved him from 6th to second on his last throw).
Sorry we didn't get video of the 3k... the files for the distance races are too large to post regardless!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Also, Coach Plasencia was named Region 'Coach of the Year'!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
If you're looking for a little more professional video... check out the Big Ten Network on Saturday at 3pm central (4pm ET) to watch coverage of the Big Ten Championship meet!
Matt Fisher: Big Ten Champion (High Jump 7'3) 2009 Big Ten 'Field Athlete of the Year'. First attempt at 7'3 with no misses to this point...
Joe Plencner: Big Ten Runner-Up (Pole Vault 17'4) New lifetime best on first attempt...
Sean Duling: Big Ten Finalist (60-meter Hurdles) New PR of 8.11 to make the final...
Aaron Studt: Big Ten Champion (Shot Put 62'11) and 4th Place (Weight Throw) Big Ten 'Field Athlete of the Championships' here with his winning shot put toss...
Joey Schwecke: Big Ten Runner-Up (Heptathlon) New PR in high jump of 6'7 in his hep... if you look closely I believe Joey ropes a calf after his make. Ahhh, you can take Joey outta the country, but you can take the country outta Joey.
RJ McGinnis and Garret Wankel: (1st and 8th in Big Ten Heptathlon) Here is their 60-meter hurdle race...
Brock Spandl: Big Ten Runner Up (Heptathlon) and 5th Place (Pole Vault) Here with his 22'6 LJ in the Hep...
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
We are currently first in the team scoring with 47 points, while the Badgers are not far behind with 36. Indianna is third with 27, while Michigan sent several through to the finals tomorrow as well... they are in fourth with 19 points.
I'll continue to update tomorrow! Go Gophers!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Here is a little update on where we’re at in recuiting. Below are the athletes that have signed and returned their National Letter of Intent. Go Gophers!
Derek Storkel – Tomah, Wisconsin
-- Derek was the Wisconsin State Champ in cross country this fall. For some context, Derek ran within one second of Chris Rombough’s time on the Wisconsin State Championships course. Derek's PR's on the track are 4:19 for 1600-meters and 9:24 for 3200-meters.
Ryan Todhunter – Grand Forks, ND (Red River)
-- Ryan is the reigning North Dakota State Champ in the high hurdles. Ryan ran his PR of 14.16 in the 110mH at the state championship meet last season. Ryan is also one of the top returners in the 300-meter hurdles.
Clay Gosse – Appleton, Wisconsin (North)
-- Clay is the top returning shot put and discus thrower from the state of Wisconsin, and one of the top returning throwers in the mid-west. Clay has personal best’s in the shot and discus of 59’2 and 167’ from his junior season.
Olidipo Fagbemi – Marshfield, Wisconsin
-- Olidipo has a PR of 48.51 in the 400-meters, one of the fastest times in the tri-state area. 'Dipo' has also run 22.14 in the 200-meter and boasts a personal best of 47’3 in the triple jump.
Matthew “Jake” Malm – Grand Forks, ND (Red River)
-- Jake is the top returning javelin thrower from North Dakota and was an all-state performer as a junior in that event. Has a personal best toss of 181’11.
Jon Lehman – Coon Rapids, Minnesota
-- Jon is one of the top returning discus throwers from the state of Minnesota with a PR of 158' to go with his 6'5 frame. Jon was also a top end football prospect and received all-state honors this fall. He was recently named to the All-Star football game this spring at SCSU.
***We have also landed some very solid in-state talent that have committed. Although, until we receive the appropriate signing documentation, NCAA rules prohibit us from publishing that info!