Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Future Gopher Updates

Some of the 2009/2010 recruits have been tearing it up in recent weeks at the high school level... here is an update.

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!

Go Gophers!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Be sure to check out Becky Miller's great site for photo's!



Well, we had a pretty good haul as the BIG TEN announced the season and conference championship award winners... and the winners are...

Track Athlete of the Championships: Hassan Mead

Track Athlete of the Year: Hassan Mead

Field Athlete of the Championships: Aaron Studt

Field Athlete of the Year: Aaron Studt

Big Ten Coach of the Year: Steve Plasencia

Congrats and Go Gophers!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

North Dakota State Meet

HERE are the state qualifiers for the North Dakota State Track and Field Championships. Of particular note is Ryan Todhunter and Jake Malm... both future Gophers!

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.

Go Gophers!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mead 1st, Rombough 3rd, Blankenship 4th (doubled back after 1500 final!). 21 points...
5k just put it away! 1-3-4. Team leads by 30 points going into 4x4. Team champs again!
Sorry again for lack if updates... A lot busier outdoors! Highlights: Studt champ in shot. Ibes runner up in 100. Plencner 4th in vault. Linneman 6th in 400

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ben Puhl gamed up for a pr in the steeple to finish 3rd in 9:01.70! Team leads 67 to Indiana's 41... Purdue is 3rd in 30. Time for team dinner!!!
Linneman through in 400 meter hurdle final! Ibes also through in 200 final in 21.33. Steeple is up next to wrap up day 2.
My email is on the fritz... So these are now coming in via text message. Joe Mac through in 800 final... Duling through in 110mH final after an overturned DQ.

Sorry for slow updates...

Team leads 60 points to Indiana's 33. Decs went 2-3-6. Fisher and Clauer 2nd and 6th. Fish 2.19 Clauer 2.10. Joey and Addison 6-7 in long jump. Jerry 8th in discus at 49.45. Blankenship top seed in 1500 in prelim... Richardson also through to final. 800 prelim up next...


Team leads after day one after the hammer and 10K. Decs are off to another good start on day 2 with solid hurdles and a few big PR'S in disc. Overall scores leave us in 2nd, 3rd and 8th. (RJ, Joey and Garret). 7 events completed... Vault up next.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Hassan and Rombough went 1-3... More to come!

Day 1 Final Scores

RJ leads day 1 with 3,965.... Joey 3rd with 3,828 and Garret is 10th with 3,504. 10k is up next!

Dec 400-Meter Update

Garrett -50.71, Joey -51.94, RJ -51.11. Final day 1 scores to come...

Dec High Jump Update

The decs had a good high jump showing. RJ with a 6'7, Joey with a 6'5 and Garret with a 6'0.

Hammer throw and Dec Update

The hammer just completed and the guys did great! Studt was third with his 60.03 and Bastian was fourth with a 58.78. Studt was just 6 inches out of second. The decathletes continue to do well... All had solid shot tosses with Joey and Garret both hitting PR's. High jump is up now...

Off and Running

The decs are at it already this morning. I haven't seen scores yet, but all ran solid 100's.... Joey 11.2, RJ 11.3 and Garret 11.6. All had legal and solid long jumps on their first attempt before I had to head to hammer! Bastian is in the first of two flights... Studt and Tyler in 2nd. Weather is warm and sunny.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

We are live from Columbus. I'm planning on updating the blog throught the meet, similar to the indoor championships. Stay tuned!

Big Ten Championship Preview

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Recruit Update

Future Gopher Andrew Larsen set a new Kane County record with his 9:08.92 through 3200-meters this past Friday. Andrew is a senior at Marmion Academy in Illinois. Andrew also has a 14:34 (5,000-meter) on his resume from earlier this season.

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.

Also, future Gopher Cameron Boy was featured in a Q&A in the Star Tribune that can be found HERE.

Monday, May 11, 2009


We had a nice tune-up on Friday at home and came away with some NCAA Regional marks. Over in the high jump, Matt Clauer hit a lifetime best of 2.10m (6'10-3/4). Joe MacFarland dropped a bomb in the 800-meter with his 1:50.26 for a big PR and regional mark. Aaron Studt also had a nice day with a 60-meter toss for a PR in the hammer, and also another meet over 60' for the win in the shot put.

We're heading out to the Big Ten Championship at Ohio State on Thursday. The meet is Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

Clauer's 6'10-3/4


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

It is all Hassan... all Week!!!

The Big Ten has named Hassan Mead Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after his monster performance and new school record this past weekend at Stanford. His time of 13:28.45 is 3rd in the NCAA and 17th in the WORLD.

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

Hassan on Kare11

Check out Hassan and Eric Perkins: HERE

Monday, May 4, 2009

A few recruit updates...

The high school season is heating up, so I thought I'd get some updates posted about our future Gophers! In no particular order...

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

Hassan Mead: 'I feel like I can fly right now.'

As many have already read, Hassan Mead crushed his own school record in the 5,000-meters this weekend at Stanford. The 13:28.45 is 3rd in the NCAA, and also happens to be crazy fast. Here is a link to video of his race and post-race interview: