Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Congrats to Jack!


RS - Freshman Jack Szmanda took down the freshman record and also an NCAA provisional mark in the heptathlon this past weekend at the Jack Johnson Classic. More about it here on gophersports.com.

Jack Johnson



Thanks to Flotrack.com for coming up to cover the Jack Johnson Classic. Here is a highlight video they put together. There are also interviews here:

Track and Field Videos on Flotrack

I'll get some clips from the meet up soon...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Harun continues to impress...

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:

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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

Northwest Open Highlights

First off, sorry for the delayed post... I normally try to get something up earlier in the week, but for whatever reason this week got away from me.

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.

600-Meter:

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800-Meter:

video

Ben Peterson: 17'

video

Thursday, January 7, 2010

NCAA Rankings

Minnesota will open up the 2010 season with a #10 ranking in the NCAA.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Harun Abda vs. Urkel from 'Family Matters'




You decide!
...ok... yea... its a little slower pace around here over Christmas break training.