Gophers come away with seven titles at St. Thomas

The field events dominated as they came away with five titles.

Redshirt Freshman Mason Roomes competes in the long jump on April 12 at St. Thomas.

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Redshirt Freshman Mason Roomes competes in the long jump on April 12 at St. Thomas.

by Kaleb Medhanie

Field events were a big part of Minnesota’s success on Thursday.

The Gophers competed in the Tomcat Twilight on Thursday at St. Thomas, an event where they came away with seven titles. Five of their seven titles came in field events.

“It’s a meet where not a lot of top guys ran; it’s a chance to look at some younger guys and see what they can do,” head coach Steve Plasencia said. 

Mason Roomes won the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 4.25 inches, Jonathan Johnson came in at fourth at 22 feet, 4.75 inches.

“I’ve been putting a lot of work in practice,” Roomes said. “For me to improve, I just have to not think too much — I just have to go and jump.”

The throwing events took place at Hamline University, where Kaleb Siekmeier won the discus throw at 171 feet, 1 inch. He also finished ninth in the hammer throw at 149 feet, 4 inches. Connor Rousemiller went for second in the event at 183 feet, 9 inches.

Inside the St. Thomas Complex, Ben Gucinski had a personal best of 6 feet, 7 inches to win the high jump, Jacob Buller finished in second at 6 feet, 5 inches. John Uchytil also had a personal best in the pole vault with a mark of 15 feet, 11 inches, Glen Harold came in third at 15 feet, 11 inches and Mike Herauf rounded out the Gophers in the event at 14 feet, 11 inches. James Travis won the triple jump with a jump of 47 feet, 10 inches.

Cory Mensah was the runner-up in the 100 meters clocking in at 10.97, Shane Streich came in at fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 49.88, while Matthew Rosen finished sixth at 50.14. Alex Kelner went for eighth in the 200 meters with a run of 23.25 and Patrick Roos finished 10th in the 5,000 meters at 15:41.03.

Five Minnesota runners finished in the top nine in the 1,500 meters. Owen Hoeft finished second at 3:51.95, Jack Manderscheid went for third at 3:53.81 and Nick Rink came in sixth at 3:58.87. Alex Plasencia clocked in at 3:58.91 for seventh and Joe Morrison finished ninth at 4:02.43.

Grant Fuller and Collin Sieffert ran in the 400-meter hurdle this week. Fuller came in first at 54.83 and Sieffert finished second at 55.15.

Teddy Frid and Jon Tollefson came in at first and second for Minnesota in the 110-meter hurdles, Frid with a time of 14.41 and Tollefson at 14.83. 

“Hurdles felt great, I was actually really pumped about it,” Frid said. “Next week at Mt. Sac I’d like to put down a pretty good mark [in decathlon] because that would help [to] just build confidence.”