Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thanksgiving came and went - which brought with it the annual 'throwers pentathlon' The pent tests the 30-meter acceleration, standing long jump, standing triple jump, overhead back throw and between the legs front throw.
We had the most 300+ scorers in recent history with 14 guys... and a few more in the 296-299 range. Aaron Studt had the highest score (and also a 19.91m overhead back which is unheard of). Sean King was the most improved, taking his score up 35 points from last year.
Next Friday brings the inter-squad... more to come!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
If any of our loyal readers have any ideas for some fall postings, I'd be happy to see what I can do. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the mean-time, here is a highlight video that Becky Bohm put together after our Big Ten Title outdoors last year. You should also check out her Facebook page she put together for the team.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
On a side note: Please feel free to contact me if you'd see any videos from specific events/meets from the year. I'll do my best to post them... Just email me at email@example.com.
Have a great summer!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
What a great win for the guys as they win their 4th straight title. Too many clutch performances to mention, but just an overall great team showing.
As we get some competition video off the camera I'll be sure to post it. Also here is a link to Becky Miller's photo site where I'm sure she's be posting some great pictures in the coming days. Thanks Becky.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
At Stanford distance guys got things rolling. Chris Rombough hit a nice PR in the 5k with his 13:48.80. Mike Torchia just missed going under 14-min for the first time with his 14:02.0. Senior Matt Barrett also hit a PR with his 14:17.73. Ben Blankenship led the way in the middle distances with his PR of 3:41.96. Harun Abda, Travis Burkstrand and Joe McFarland all hit PR's in the 800m.
Down in Iowa City at the Musco Twilight Meet (which has aired, and will air again on the Big Ten Network) we had some great performances as well. In the throws, Micah Hegerle and Paul Hoplin both had breakout performances. Hegerle hit a 10' PR in the hammer moving him into second on the all-time list with his 211' throw. Hoplin hit a 10' PR, and a 30' season best, also moving him into second on the all-time list.
On the track, Oladipo Fagbemi dropped a bomb in his 200m, running 21.44. Sean King had a nice night running a 10.57 in the 100m. Luke Silovich ran a season best (not sure on PR) of 14.56 in the 110mH.
I also failed to get up recognition for RJ McGinnis and Micah Hegerle. Both earned Big Ten Athlete of the week honors. RJ for his win at Drake in the decathlon... Micah for his PR and win at Iowa.
Here is some video from the Iowa throws... I didn't get the track ones downloaded before the Hamline ones replaced them!
We're heading to Big Ten's this weekend to defend the outdoor title from last year. The championship is being hosted at Indiana. HERE is the host site to follow results as they become available. Wish us luck!
Friday, April 30, 2010
We're also excited to see Matt Fisher back in action... Matt cleared 7'2 for a 4th place finish.
Several relays also had good showings, including the 4x800m relay which broke the school record!
I'll post some video soon!
Monday, April 19, 2010
I will work towards getting some videos up this week. We have had some great performances so far this season... here are a few highlights:
100m - Sean King, 10.62
200m - Cameron Boy, 21.51
400m - Jon H0lton, 48.00
800m - Harun Abda, 1:48.96
1500m - Chris Rombough, 3:44.49
10k - Mike Torchia, 29:33.54
400mH - Logan Stroman, 53.31
High Jump - Matt Clauer, 6'8
Pole Vault - Ben Peterson, 17'3
Long Jump - Oladipo Fagbemi, 23'10
Triple Jump - Oladipo Fagbemi, 49'2
Shot Put - Trey Davis, 54'10
Discus Throw- Micah Hegerle, 170'10
Hammer Throw - Micah Hegerle, 202'0
Javelin Throw - Paul Hoplin, 194'1
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
We had a great week in Tempe. The weather was perfect. We got some good training in from Wednesday-Friday... with a solid meet on Saturday. Our flight didn't leave until a little later on Sunday, so we were able to get some work in before our departure, even on our last day.
As far as the meet:
Micah Hegerle had an outstanding opening meet. Micah broke the freshman record in the hammer throw with his 192'10 throw. The previous record was 181'-something by yours truly. Hopefully Micah will continue to wipe me from the record book! He then went on to his a 171' throw in the discus. A great start.
David Pachuta opened up his outdoor season strong with a 1:50.52 win in the 800m. Travis Burkstrand also put down a solid 3:51.32. Ben Peterson knocked out another 17'+ day in the pole vault.
With all the training during the week the results weren't eye popping, but the the time was well spent.
We're off to Arizona again this weekend, this time to University of Arizona for the Jim Click Shootout.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Here is more about Ibes on gophersports.com
The team qualified a DMR, 3 Heps (RJ,and Brock) Blankenship in the Mile, Rombough in the 3k, Fisher in the high jump and Studt in the shot put and weight throw.
The guys competed this weekend and did great, placing 8th as a team. The top eight Americans in the field earn All-American status, and all our guys made it. Our 9 All-Americans ties for the most by any team in the NCAA Championship. NCAA Champs Florida and runners-up Oregon both also had 9 athletes earn All-American.
Pretty good company.
The DMR took third (I'll post video when available). Blankenship led it off - passed to Stroman and then to Harun. Rombough ran the anchor, and with a few laps to go rolled his ankle pretty bad on the rail... it was quite swollen after the race, and there was question as to his ability to race the 3k the next night. That said, Rombough ran down several people in the final 200-meters to move into third in the final meters.
Studt earned his first All-American in the weight, matching his lifetime best at 69-7. He also earned All-American in the shot, placing 6th. He was one of only two athletes to earn All-American in both throwing event (Jason Lewis from ASU, 7th in shot and 6th in weight throw).
The Multi-eventers all earned All-American status with their performance in the hepathlon. RJ finished 6th, Brock was 9th and Jack was 10th (and also the top freshman in the NCAA). They had the unique experience of being part of a world record performance in the hepathlon... Oregon's Ashton Eaton broke the world record with his score of 6,499.
Fisher earned his first All-American honor by making the first two heights with no misses. His jump of 7'.25 tied for 9th.
Great job guys. Now onto spring break down in Tempe, Az.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Individual Big Ten Champs include Aaron Studt in both weight and shot put, Ben Peterson in pole vault, Harun Abda in the 600m, Ben Blankenship in the mile and RJ McGinnis in the heptathlon.
--Ben Peterson won the vault on his final attempt.
--Aaron Studt won both the shot and weight on his final attempts.
--RJ trailed going into the final event.
--Blankenship took the lead with 200m to go.
--Harun on the other hand just kicked the hell out of everyone. SO BORING! :)
There were too many outstanding performance to mention! I will put up video of the individual Big Ten Champions as they become available. Here are a few...
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Alumni, parents of team members, spouses, kids, – ALL are welcome!
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When: Saturday, February 27th: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Here are a couple video highlights from the Snowshoe last Friday: Brock Spandl PR'd in the vault (17'3) and Studt had a nice toss in the weight (68+).
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Several distance runners traveled to Seattle for a big meet at the University of Washington - the Husky Classic. Chris Rombough broke the school record (previously held by Hassan) with his time of 7:54.57.
Ben Blankenship also ran quite well with a big PR of 7:59.49 - good enough for third on the all-time list behind Chris and Hassan. Several others had solid showings including Mike Torchia and Matt Barrett in the 5k.
The brunt of the team headed south to Ames for the Iowa State Classic. The meet consisted of a reported 91 teams.
Aaron Studt had a monster weekend with his 69-7 in the weight and 62-9 in the shot put. Aaron won the shot and was runner-up in the weight, but was the top collegiate thrower. Kleinhuizen also had a big weekend - tossing PR's in both weight and shot put.
Andy Richardson also got a win - his in the mile with a 4:05.29 Paul Hilsen also ran a PR in that event going 4:08.12
A few freshman in their Gopher debut had good showings with Cameron Boy running 21.86 in the 200-meter ... and Oladipo Fagbemi jumping 48-9 in the triple. A slew of 800-meter guys ran 1:51. including Joe McFarland, Harun Abda and David Pachuta.
The vaulters had another solid showing... Ben Peterson over 17'2... Brock over 16'7 and Plencner/Szmanda over 16'2. Brock also added a few 23' jumps in the long jump comp.
If I left anyone out I'm sorry... we had a lot of people competing!
Overall it was a great weekend. I will get some videos posted soon...
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Although I wasn't able to make it down to Iowa State - I thought I would get some highlights up:
-The multi-event group went crazy - all hitting PR's and NCAA marks. RJ McGinnis hit the NCAA Auto mark and just barely missed the school record. Joey Schweke and Brock Spandl both hit big PR's and the NCAA provo mark. This right on the heals of RS-Freshman Jack Szmanda hitting his provo mark last week (earning Big Ten athlete of the week in the process). What a group!
-Matt Fisher threw his jersey on for the first time this year and hit a solid provo jump of 2.19 (7-2+).
-The weight guys threw quite well in my absence (should I take a hint?) All hit PR's or were very close. Studt moved his NCAA mark up a bit...
-The miler group of Richardson and Hilen put down some solid times...
-Chris Rombough opened up his season with a nice win in the 3,000-meters - 8:04.71 was also a NCAA provo mark
-Kevin Bradley is getting it going with his 48.88 in the 400-meter.
I'll see if I can get some video up later this week. Not a lot of down-time as you can imagine!!!
Better go pack like I said I would :)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
We had several bright spots in our second meet of the indoor season, the Minnesota Open. One of the brightest continues to be the young career of Harun Abda. Harun was the 2009 Minnesota Class AA State Champion in the 800m, and has found a nice distance for himself in the 600m race. Although red-shirting, Harun's time of 1:18.43 would be 5th on the all-time list. Video below:
NEXT UP: The team will compete at home again this weekend at the Jack Johnson. Other teams include NDSU, Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, South Florida and Manitoba.
The meet will include an alumni reunion put on by the "M-Club" and a live band during the competition. Should be a fun weekend, so be sure to come by and support the Gophers! If you are an alum, come by and enjoy some food and beverage with other former-tracksters!
In other alumni news: Antonio Vega is the US Half-Marathon Champion. More info and video interview on down-the-backstretch.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
We opened up with a very limited group this past Saturday at home for the Northwest Open.
Here are some highlights:
-Harun Abda turning some heads in his first college race (UNAT) in a 1:19+ 600-meter.
-Some guys returning from injury for nice performances... Ben Peterson hitting a provo in pole vault (17') Matt Fisher in high jump (6'10+) and Joe Plencner in his first day vaulting in a long time (15'7).
-Weight guys looking good... Micah Hegerle just missing a provo in his first official meet as a Gopher (63'8) the mark was 9-centimeters short of provo, but good enough for a new freshman record. Aaron Studt with his best opener ever, hitting a provo (64'+). Transfer redshirt Andy Norman with a 2-foot PR in his opener (57').
-Stroman and Shelendich both opening up well in their 800-meter (1:52+).
-Joey Schweke hitting some nice PR's in the hurdles and high jump (6'8+).
-Addison Demer opening up with a 7.00m+ long jump.
Ben Peterson: 17'