Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Gophers Represent well at Stanford and Iowa

As the Gophers near the championship portion of the season the Minnesota distance guys start to turn up the heat. Hassan Mead and Chris Rombough went one, two in the second heat of the 5000m at the Cardinal Invite. After a less than optimal pace through two miles Hassan went to the lead and broke away from the field with only his teammate Chris Rombough able to follow. With a strong last three laps Hassan ran the 3rd fastest 5k in school history with a time of 13:49.35, and Chris Rombough the 5th fastest with a 13:51.71. In the 3rd section of the 5000m Mike Torchia ran with similar tactics. After a less than ideal pace in the first two miles he broke away from the pack, but wasn't able to maintain the pace over the last 200m and finished less than a second out of first place with a time of 14:09.88, which is good enough for a regional qualifier. Other notable finishes were Ben Puhl in the steeple and Forrest Tahdooahnippah in the 5000 who set season bests with times of 9:02.53 and 14:21.03. At the Iowa Twilight a number of Gophers claimed first place honors. Aaron Studt kept his winning streak going in the shot put, Brock Spandl cleared 16'6 3/4 for a regional mark in the pole vault, Eddie Kibira took the title in the 1500, Ben Kampf ran a personal best in the steeple with a 9:21 in windy conditions and unattached gopher freshmen Sean Olson won the 5000 with a time of 14:41. Next for the squad is a tune up meet at home on May 9th and then the Big Tem Championships the following week.

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