Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Over the past few months its become pretty clear that this blog is a little redundant... please check out our Facebook Page, where much of my previous blog type material is ending up.

I'll leave the blog up for some of the old posts/video. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Most years the fall goes very fast and this year has been no exception. Cross Country wrapped up their season with another strong year... 3rd in the Big Ten and a trip to the NCAA Championship meet.

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

Griak Video

Here is a great video from the Roy Griak Invite a few weeks back...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall Training

Well, Gopher Track and Field is back in action, even if the results page wouldn't show it just yet. Cross Country is off to a solid start and will have a test this weekend at the Pre-National race. The rest of the tracksters are off to a great start in their general prep training. The new guys are adjusting to fall training, and the old guys are preparing well just as the have for several falls gone by now.

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 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.

Go Gophers!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Well, summer has arrived and things are slowing down a bit around here. This is the case for everyone but Aaron Studt and Ben Blankenship who represented the United States in their first international meet for USA Track and Field. Both came home with the silver medal, Studt in the shot put and Ben in the 1500m. Aaron was interviewed online and talks about his experience with .

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

Have a great summer!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Big Ten Championship Video









Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Big Ten Champions!

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

Big Tens are here... some updates before we go!

We split up the group 2 weeks back and got things tuned up before Big Tens. Most guys took this past weekend off, with many redshirts heading over to Hamline.

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

Drake Relays!

Congrats to Oladipo for his win in the triple jump, and also to the decathletes... RJ and Jack going 1-2 and Joey with a nice PR.

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


The team is off to the MAC Twilight Meet on Wednesday and then a large group will head to Drake for this weekend. A limited group will also compete at the Drake Alternative at Gustavus on Saturday.

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

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!