Monday, March 3, 2008
Young Talent Shines at Big 10 Indoor Championships
The future looks bright for the Gopher track and field team as they had numerous outstanding performances from their underclassmen. Out of the 13 gopher athletes who scored in individual events, 3 were freshmen and 9 were sophomores. Ben Peterson lead the way with a pr and a 1st place finish, vaulting 17'1.75. Freshmen Hassan Mead had double duty and more than lived up to expectations. In two loaded fields Hassan placed 3rd in the 3k with a time of 8:11.7 just one second out of first place, then came back in the 5k on Sunday in a tactical contest and took 2nd place with a time of 14.26. Freshmen Brock Spandl had a sensational weekend, with perhaps the top field event double of the meet. On Saturday Brock managed a 3rd place finish in the pole vault just after completing day one in the heptathlon. On day two the young gopher moved up in the heptathlon scores and finished with 5283 points good enough for 4th place honors.
Other notable performances came from Ibrahim Kabia who finished 2nd in the 60 dash with a time of 6.67. In the throwing circle second year man Aaron Studt placed 6th in the shot put and 5th in the weight throw. Finally to round out the scoring a trio of sophomores Matt Fisher, Logan Stroman and Joe Plencner placed 6th, 7th and 8th in the high jump, 600m dash and pole vault.