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Golden Nugz for 06-18-09

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This is a few days old but congratulations to a couple of Gopher trackster All-Americans.

Hassan Mead finished 6th in the 5,000 Meters earning his third All-American honor.  Mead completed an amazing sophomore season capturing All-America honors in both the indoor and outdoor 5,000 meters, as well as in cross country. He also won five Big Ten event titles in 2008-09.

Shotputter, Aaron Studt also earned All-American honors by finishing 5th and throwing a career best to earn him the top 5 finish.  R. J. McGinnis finished 17th overall in the decathlon and Ben Blankenship ran a career best in the 1500 but was unable to make it out of the qualifiying rounds.

On the Women's side Heather Dorniden finished 8th in the 800 and earned her 9th career All-American honor.  Liz Roehrig was the runner-up in the Heptathlon and Alicia Rue tied for third in the pole vault.  As a team the women finished 18th overall in the NCAA Championships.

  • SLAM Online has been filling my inbox with Gopher hoops related links lately.  This one is a breakdown of Big Ten recruiting.  Recruiting for 2010 should be picking up soon but so far this is still talking about the incoming class of freshmen.  I haven't been this excited about Gopher basketball since the faux Final Four run.
  • If you live in the Perham area and are a runner or a golfer you can help support Gopher athletics.
  • Andy Katz final top 25 before the fall.  The Gophers fall in at #19 and Katz says "the way this team defended bodes well for Minnesota having a breakthrough season."  A breakthrough would be sweet and I'm starting to settle on the Sweet 16 as a benchmark for a successful season.
  • The Rochester Post Bulletin is trying to give us reason for optimism for the Gopher football season.  I am excited and optimistic, that schedule is daunting but this team will be more talented.