Two men’s track stars place second at NCAAs

Matthew Cross

Gophers pole vaulter Tye Harvey broke his own school record en route to placing second at the NCAA indoor track championships in Indianapolis on Saturday.
Harvey’s vault of 18 feet, 2 1/2 inches was surpassed only by Long Beach State’s Jason Hinkin, who cleared 18-6 1/2.
Minnesota freshman Steffan Strand leaped 7-5 in the high jump on Friday to place second. The winner, North Carolina’s Eric Bishop, jumped 7-6.
With the Gophers’ two second-place finishes at the meet, the team placed in a tie for 10th with Louisiana State and Tennessee. Minnesota had 16 team points and Arkansas won it with 59.
Women’s Tennis
The No. 38 Gophers lost their first match of the season, 4-3, against No. 33 Indiana on Sunday at the 98th Street Racquet Club in Bloomington, Minn., when they split the six singles matches and lost the doubles point.
Minnesota (9-1 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten) beat Ohio State on Friday 6-1 at the 98th Street courts.
Freshman Nora Sauska stayed undefeated in the dual meet season as Sauska swept the Buckeyes’ Kristin Jordan 6-0, 6-0 and Indiana’s Correne Stout 7-5, 6-0.
Gophers sophomore Alice Rangsithienchai beat Kerry Singer 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 on Friday but lost her first match of the season on Sunday to Indiana’s Megan McCarney, 6-3, 6-2.
Minnesota’s Kim Simonsen and Jana Hrdinova won both of their respective singles matches this weekend and the doubles team of Simonsen-Rangsithienchai won both of their doubles matches.
Men’s Tennis
The Gophers split two matches on Friday in the Corpus Christi tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Minnesota blanked Arkansas-Little Rock, 4-0, and was beaten by the same score in a match against Middle Tennessee State.
Gophers Tom Chicoine, John Cheregi and Martin Michaelowski all won singles matches against Little Rock, and the doubles teams of Chicoine-Kristoffersen and Michaelowski-Rutili combined to give Minnesota its only wins of the day.
Men’s Cross Country
Gophers coach Steve Plasencia, 40, set a national master’s division record in the 15-kilometer run Saturday during the Gate Rive Run in Jacksonville, Fla.
Plasencia finished in 45 minutes, 14 seconds and beat the old national record by 32 seconds.