Gophers Continue Outdoor Season at Hamline Invitational


Track & Field | 4/1/2022 8:46:00 AM

MINNEAPOLIS — The Golden Gophers track and field team continues its outdoor campaign at the Hamline Invitational on Saturday, April 2. Minnesota will compete against various schools in the Twin Cities area at Klas Field. 

About the 2022 Hamline Invitational

A portion of Minnesota’s student-athletes will compete at the Hamline Invitational on Saturday, April 2, with the meet starting as early as 11 a.m. The meet will also conclude on Saturday with the final event scheduled for 6:02 p.m. The event will not have a livestream available to watch, but live results can be followed at WayzataResults.com. 

Last Time Out: Gophers Destroy Record Books in Tempe, Raleigh

The University of Minnesota track and field program saw 12 different program top 10 times and marks get posted at the Raleigh Relays and the ASU Invitational with the highlight of the weekend being a school record being broken by the men’s 4x100m relay. The squad of Jaydon AntoineKion BenjaminFinn Schirmer and Aarron Westmoreland broke the record that stood for five years. By the end of the weekend the Golden Gophers had posted three top three times/marks in the nation with Matt Wilkinson (3000m Steeplechase), Shelby Frank (Discus) and Kostas Zaltos (Hammer) all posting incredible performances that all stand at the top of the Big Ten this season. 

Frank, Zaltos Sweep B1G Field Athlete of the Week Honors

University of Minnesota sophomore Shelby Frank and redshirt sophomore Kostas Zaltos have been honored by the Big Ten Conference for their performances at the ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Frank launched a mark of 57.31m (188-0) to win the event which puts her third in the nation in the event and first among Big Ten throwers. Frank’s mark also goes down as lifetime best and inches her closer to the school record held by Agness Esser (57.98m, 190-3) that was posted back in 2018. Kostas Zaltos had his best performance of the young outdoor season, launching the hammer 70.96m (232-9) mark in the hammer throw, finishing as the runner-up finisher at the ASU Invitational but was the top mark by a collegiate athlete. The mark ranks Zaltos third in the nation currently and is the 41st-farthest mark in the world this year and is the third best amongst athletes from Greece. 

Gopher Men and Women Both Ranked in First Outdoor Rankings

The USTFCCCA released the first outdoor rankings of the 2022 season this past week with the University of Minnesota coming in at No. 16 and No. 15, respectively. The women’s program came in at No. 15 while then men were just one spot behind them. The Maroon and Gold are one of two programs in the Big Ten that have both programs inside the top 16 in the nation with both programs sitting at second in the conference. Regionally, both Gopher squads are ranked No. 1 in the Midwest. 

Minnesota To Host 2022 Big Ten Outdoor Championships 

For the first time since opening their new state-of-the-art outdoor track and field facility, the University of Minnesota will be the hosts of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in May. Located in the heart of the new Athletes Village area, the nine-lane track with the Beynon 2000 surface will be the focal point of the Midwest’s top track and field student-athletes from May 13-15. Tickets are available to purchase now and can be found here.

Up Next: 

Next week the Golden Gophers return to Minnesota for action at the Hamline Invite in St. Paul. That meet will be contested on April 2. 

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