Thursday, December 17, 2009

Intersquad Highlights (and some video)

The team had its annual intersquad meet last Friday and had some really nice performances for this time of year. Here are a few highlights:

-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!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Big Ten Indoor Championship


FROM JO RIDER:

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
section (finals)

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
(finals)

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
section (finals)

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
(finals)

3:25 p.m. 4x400-meter relay (finals – 2
sections)

3:45 p.m. AWARDS PRESENTATION

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pentathlon Recap

As is the annual tradition - the track guys took part in the 'throwers pent' last week. This is a fun way to cap off a good fall of training and get the competitive juices flowing.

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).