Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Break - ASU

With the weather as great as its been here in Minnesota, the last thing I've wanted to do is sit at the computer and write on the blog! That said, here are some delayed updates and highlights from our spring trip to ASU.

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.

Pachuta's 800m:

Peterson's Vault:

Micah's Hammer:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ibes at Worlds!

Ibes qualified for, and competed at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Congrats Ibes... the program is very proud of you!

Here is more about Ibes on

Some Updates

Sorry for the delay in posts. Here are some highlights since I last posted...

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

Big Ten Network

The Big Ten Network will air their coverage of the 2010 Big Ten Championship meet tonight at 8pm!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Big Ten Awards - Congrats!

Aaron Studt - 'Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships'


Steve Plasencia - 'Coach of the Year'

Monday, March 1, 2010

Big Ten Champs!

What a special weekend for the program. The guys stepped up huge and put together an incredible meet. Check for pretty solid coverage of the meet (pictures, results, etc). As you probably know already - the team won the Big Ten team title going away... we put down 160.50 points. Ohio State was second with 112.50.

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...