By Emily Polglaze
Two Gopher freshmen participate in NHL Draft Combine: June 1-6/June 26
Some late-week action in men’s hockey took place as two incoming freshmen participated in the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, New York, June 1-6.
At the combine, potential draft picks have one-on-one interviews, medical exams, and extensive fitness testing.
Novak and Sadek each achieved a top-ten finish in two of the fitness categories.
Novak placed third in the anaerobic fatigue index category, which measures the difference between maximum and minimum physical output.
Sadek was the lead prospect of the entire combine in the skinfold test, measuring at 4% body fat.
Track athletes polish up for NCAA Championships: June 10-13
Athletes from the men’s and women’s track teams will put a bow on their meet-prep this week as they get ready to take on the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 10-13.
From the women’s team, seven athletes will compete in four events for the Gophers.
For field events, Jess Herauf will compete in the heptathlon Wednesday and Thursday. Devin Stanford will participate in the hammer throw final on Thursday afternoon, and Nicolle Murphy will close out field action Thursday evening in the javelin throw.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Jessica Waldvogel, Emerald Egwim, Erin Hawkins and Titania Markland will run in the semifinal race Thursday evening in the last Gopher event. If the Gophers advance, they will participate in the final 4x400-meter race on Saturday.
In men’s action, four athletes will compete during the meet.
Goaner Deng will run in the 800-meter semifinal race on Wednesday evening, with a potential final run occurring on Friday.
Gian Feretti will participate in his first NCAA Championship Meet with the hammer throw final on Wednesday afternoon.
Another first-timer, Luke Johnson, will take the field for the shot put finals on Wednesday evening.
Decathlete Luca Wieland will split his events between Wednesday and Thursday, as heptathlete Jess Herauf will also do.
MLB Draft could include Gophers: June 8-10
The MLB Draft takes place June 8-10 in Seacaucus, New Jersey. Two Gophers stand a good chance to be picked during the process.
Handel was also awarded with All-Big Ten Second Team honors.
Ben Meyer could also be chosen in the draft. The right-handed pitcher completed his career with 288 innings pitched, putting him in second place for most pitched games by a Gopher ever, and seventh in career strikeouts with 219.
He was named Pitcher of the Year for the Gophers and finished the season with a 4.31 ERA.