Twilight proves successful Big Ten prep for men’s track and field

by Megan Ryan

The Minnesota men's track and field team competed Wednesday at the Golden Bear Twilight at Concordia University.

The short trip to St. Paul proved fruitful for the Gophers. The team captured 10 individual titles while no team scores were kept.

On the track, Matt Volz won the 1,500-meter run with a meet-record time of three minutes, 52.34 seconds. His teammate Paul Hilsen followed in third.

Alex Migit was a double champion. He took both the 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles with times of 14.65 and 53.07, respectively.

Frank Falzone placed first in the 400 dash, clocking in at 48.2. Fellow sprinter Sean King won the 100 at 10.44.

For the longer distances, Kevin Lachowitzer ran 15:10.37 to win the 5,000. Middle-distance runner Blayne Dulian placed third in the 800.

In the field, Jack Szmanda won the pole vault with a height of 5.1 meters.  Another Gophers athlete, Zach Siegmeier, trailed in third.

Oladipo Fagbemi claimed two titles. He won the long jump at a distance of 7.28 meters and the triple jump at 14.87 meters. Sam Kettenhofen also finished on the podium in the long jump at third.

Micah Hegerle earned a title in the discus throw even though his main event is the hammer throw. He tossed 51.73 meters.

Danny Schiller and Derek Jerde rounded out the top-three places for Minnesota by finishing second and third in the high jump, respectively.

Select throwers will travel Friday to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the Mark Messersmith Invitational. Otherwise, the Gophers will not compete again until the Big Ten championships May 11-13 in Madison, Wis.