Teddy Frid comes home from Bryan Clay invite with title

Frid won the decathlon in Azusa, California.

Freshman Teddy Frid runs in the 110-meter hurdles on Thursday evening at St. Thomas.

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Freshman Teddy Frid runs in the 110-meter hurdles on Thursday evening at St. Thomas.

by Kaleb Medhanie

Teddy Frid was the lone Minnesota competitor at the Bryan Clay Invitational, but the Gophers still left the meet with a victory.

Frid won the decathlon with 7,269 points, which puts him ninth in Minnesota history. He led the competition in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.48 and the pole vault at 15 feet, 5 inches at the meet that ended Friday.

The Gophers competed in the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Stanford Classic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They won four events over the weekend.

Stanford Classic

In Obsa Ali’s first event of the outdoor season, he ran a 13:43.13 in the 5,000 meters, a mark that ranks eighth in the event and third in program history. 

“I knew I was in a really good shape to run a good time,” Ali said. “It was relieving to get the time out of the way.”

Josh Tracy won the 800 meters in his section with a career time of 1:50.82 and Matthew Rosen ran a time of 1:52.77 to finish seventh. Chris Trotter finished third in his section with a run of 1:51.38, Lucas Trapp went for fifth at 1:52.30 and Dawson LaRance ran 1:52.24 for sixth.

Eric Walker had a personal record in 110-meter hurdles to win the event at a time of 14.36, Jon Tollefson finished third at 14.68.

Ryan Lockard won the high jump at a mark of 6 feet, 9.75 inches.

Jonathan Webb won the 400 meters at 46.87 breaking his own personal record and putting himself at eighth all time in Minnesota history. Jackson Wellenstein finished third at 46.91 and Psicihulis was fifth at 47.48.

“I’m just having fun out there to help me get that time,” Webb said. “So to get those times it’s awesome.”

Walker, Tollefson, Zach Nelson, Matthew Baker finished second in the 4×100 meter at a time of 40.95. Jonathan Tharaldsen went for second in the discuss throw at a throw of 168 feet, 7 inches. He also had a career best in the shot put at 59 feet, 9.5 inches for fourth. Kieran McKeag had a throw of 53 feet, 5 inches to finish seventh. 

The Gophers 4×400 meter relay team of LaRance, Ben Psicihulis, Clayton Johnson and Josh Tracy finished third with a run of 3:11.41. 

Jon Nerdal came in third for Minnesota in the hammer throw at 200 feet, 4 inches, Connor Rousemiller went for fifth at 183 feet, 9 inches. Sammie Houston had a jump of 48 feet, 11.75 inches in the triple jump to finish second.

“We got guys that are continuing to improve and you want them to improve as fast as they can, but it’s been a hard spring in Minnesota to get things going,” head coach Steve Plasencia said. “We’re hoping to get some of the people who haven’t traveled a lot will get a chance this week to get out and get things going.”