Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summer Time = ROY TIME!

While the coaching staff and athletes are enjoying a bit of down time... Roy Griak and Jo Rider are hard at work putting the final touches on the golf fundraiser. The event is set for Monday, June 29th at the University Golf Course.

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

Every little bit helps us keep up the kind of success we've experienced this season!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Current Rankings

Thought I'd post an update on our team national ranking... we're in pretty good company in 16th.

Hassan is up tonight!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pioneer Press on Mead... NCAA Updates

Check out their feature of Hassan HERE.

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

Wisconsin State Championship Meet Highlights

Wisconsin State Champions:

Olidipo Fagbemi - Marshfield, Long Jump and Triple Jump

Clay Gosse - Appleton North, Shot Put


Derek Storkel - Tomah, 3200-Meter

Minnesota State Championship Meet Highlights

Minnesota State Champions:

Harun Abda - Fridley, 800-Meter

Cameron Boy - Jordan, 200-Meter

Kenny Schofield - Cotton, Triple Jump


Jon Lehman - Coon Rapids, Discus

Kenny Schofield - Long Jump

Cameron Boy - 100-Meter

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Across the news wire...

Gopher's currently third in overall program ranking: Check out more HERE.

...and in other news...


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

Regional Highlights

Wisconsin State Championships

Here is a preview of the future Gophers at the Wisconsin State Championships this weekend:

Olidipo Fagbemi: Olidipo will compete in the 'Division 1' long jump, triple jump, 200-meter and 400-meter with seed marks of 21'6, 46'1, 22.60 and 50.23. Dipo's PR's are 23'4, 48'10, 22.18 and 48.54 (2008).

Derek Storkel: Derek will compete in the 'Divsion 1' 1600-meter and 3200-meter. with seed times of 4:14.71 and 9:23.04. Both are PR's on the season.

Clay Gosse: Clay will compete in the 'Division 1' shot put and discus throw with seed marks of 59'11 and 158'3. Clay's PR's are 60'5 and 169'6.

Minnesota State Championships

Here is a quick preview of some future Gophers at the Minnesota State Championships being held this weekend:

Drew Paradis: Drew will compete in 'Class AA' in both the 3200-meter and 1600-meter with seed times of 9:20.95 and 4:25.81. His 3200-meter is a season best and PR.

Cameron Boy: Cameron will compete in 'Class A' in both the 100-meter and 200-meter with seed times of 11.32 and 22.61. His auto timed PR's on the year are 10.77 and 21.54.

Jon Lehman: Jon enters will compete in 'Class AA' in the discus throw with a seed toss of 167'3. His PR on the year is 170'10.

Kenny Schofield: Kenny will compete in 'Class A' in the long jump and triple jump with seed marks of 20'1 and 42'6. His season best jumps are 21'1 and 44'4.

Illinois State Meet Results

Illinois hosted their state meet this past weekend and some future Gophers had very solid showings.
Steve Sulkin had a nice double with his 9:03.91 in the 3200-meter for the state title, followed by a 4:13.35 for third in the 1600-meter.
Andrew Larsen also had a solid performance in the 3200-meter with a fourth place performance in 9:10.04.