Home teams fare well in Jack Johnson Classic

The Minnesota women’s team claimed eight event titles and the men’s team took 10.

Senior Tayler Whittler competes in the 60 meter dash on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Field House. The Gophers competed against several other colleges at the Jack Johnson Classic Track Meet.

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Senior Tayler Whittler competes in the 60 meter dash on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Field House. The Gophers competed against several other colleges at the Jack Johnson Classic Track Meet.

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The Minnesota track and field teams hosted the Jack Johnson Classic at the Minnesota Fieldhouse over the weekend.

The men claimed 10 titles at the meet while the women came out with eight of their own.

The high jump was a strong event for the men. Redshirt junior Ryan Lockard claimed the win at 2.14 meters, followed by Senior Luca Wieland at 2.10 and redshirt senior Nick Bachinski tied for fourth at 2.05.

The Gophers claimed the first through fourth spots in the 400-meter run led by redshirt senior Nate Roese who won the event at the Jack Johnson Classic last year as well.

Roese finished with a time of 1:17.97, followed by redshirt senior Mitch Hechsel (1:18.11), sophomore Josh Tracy (1:19.78) and unattached freshman Chris Trotter (1:20.36).

Graduate student Sean Donnelly set a University of Minnesota Fieldhouse record in the weight throw as he competed unattached this weekend. He also won the hammer throw event for the second year in a row.

The short sprints were a successful spot for the women’s’ team too. Senior Tayler Whittler won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.55 seconds while redshirt senior Erin Hawkins snagged the title in the 200-meter dash (24.87).

The Gophers also claimed the top three spots in the 60-meter hurdles event led by senior Kimberly Golding with 8.20 seconds — a time just shy of the Minnesota record.

Junior Emma Spagnola followed Golding in second with at time of 8.35, and redshirt freshman Rachel Schow placed third (8.64).

Redshirt sophomore Kiley Sabin was an important asset to the team in the shot put event. Just a week after setting the program record, Sabin threw 15.43 meters to take second in the event this weekend.

The men’s team will compete next weekend at the Gene Glader Classic while the women head to South Bend, Ind. to compete at the Meyo Invite.