Some big news in the minor sports this week. Hats off to the Men's and Women's track team for both winning the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The men won their second title in school history. Minnesota finished the Championships with five Big Ten titlists with Aaron Studt winning the shot put, Hassan Mead the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, R.J. McGinnis the heptathlon and Matt Fisher the high jump.
For the women it was their third in a row. Minnesota entered the final race 5.5 points ahead of Michigan and 9.0 points in front of Penn State. Penn State won the race, but the Gophers iced the Big Ten team title with a fourth-place showing. Of course, Minnesota looked one last time to Heather Dorniden, who anchored the relay after the baton was carried first by Adrienne Thomas, Chioma Omeoga and Julie Schwengler.
"It was relaxing knowing we had Heather as our anchor," added Bingle. "But we had the advantage of having seven women warming up for the event. We had so many women ready to put it on the line. We have so much depth of runners that could run a fast 400 for us."
- Women's basketball finished up their regular season and earned some Big Ten honors. World Champion cup stacker, Emily Fox earned second team All-Big Ten, Ashley Ellis-Milan was third team and Kiara Buford was named to the All-Freshman team. The team finished with the fifth seed and will take on fourth seeded Iowa on Friday.
- Here is a decent attempt at humor by a UMD blogger. It is kind of funny. If you are unable to beat us on a regular basis might as well attack our fan-hood.
Minnesota Daily has some financial info on the U hosting on of the NCAA first round sights.
- Gopher Illustrated is reporting that we have our second football commit for the 2010 class. Antoine Lewis is a 5'10" corner from Chicago with apparently good speed (listed with a 4.3 forty time, but that is likely unrealistic).
- Many bracket projections still have the Gophers dancing. Yahoo's Bracket Big Board, Sports Illustrated's Andy Glockner, Sporting News' Ryan Fagan even has us at a nine seed and TThe Bracket Project has us as a nine as well. A win or two to finish the season sure would be nice so we aren't sweating on Selection Sunday.