It was an historic afternoon for Minnesota men’s and women’s track.
The women retained their place at the top of the conference, and the men knocked Wisconsin off the top of the podium for the first time in eight years as both teams won the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field championship on Sunday.
It was the first time the Gophers captured the men’s and women’s title in the same year; the last time any Big Ten school accomplished the feat was 1997.
Each team did it in its own style, however.
The men went with a blowout. Their 135 points outpaced Michigan’s second place finish by 42. The women 129, meanwhile, edged the runner-up Nittany Lions by a mere four points.
Despite the vastly different margins of victory, balance was the key for both Gophers squads. Each managed scoring performances in all but two events.
“Depth was the difference,” women’s head coach Matt Bingle said in a release. “This was a great team effort. We needed points from all over the place and we managed to get those points.”
The women secured their final points with a fourth place finish in the 4x400 meter relay, which turned out to be enough even though Penn State captured the crown in the event.
Senior Heather Dorniden anchored the relay and, as she’s done so many time before, anchored the team’s performance. She captured individual titles in the mile and 600 meter runs, setting a Big Ten Championship record in the process with a 600 time of 1:27.78.
On Saturday, junior Alicia Rue repeated as Big Ten champion in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet once again and winning by over seven inches.
The men received equally impressive individual performances.
Sophomore Hassan Mead captured a pair of Big Ten titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs, becoming the first men’s individual dual champion since Benjamin Jensen won the pole vault and heptathlon in 1999.
Junior Matt Fisher added a victory in the high jump by clearing a height of 7’3”, and fellow juniors R.J. McGinnis and Aaron Studt respectively captured the heptathlon and shot put crowns.
“Coming into this meet we thought we had a very good chance of contending for the title, but you still need your guys to go out and perform,” men’s head coach Steve Plasencia said in a release. “They not only went out and competed, but our guys had very strong performances across the board. I think our heptathletes got us started and we just keep the hammer down.”
UMN students have traveled to Florida colleges to collaborate with students on various projects.
When UMN students plan for a vacation, having trip cancellation travel insurance is a worthwhile commodity to check out.
Minneapolis Used Cars
Give back to the Minnesota community with a boat donation at boat4causes.org.
If you have been involved in a car accident call a Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer for a free consultation.