Sunday, February 23, 2014

In the Circle Update

The highest ranked throwers Minnesota has to offer were in action this weekend at the Snowshoe Open at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse.  Senior captain Jon Lehman (Coon Rapids, MN) made the most of senior day by resetting his own school record in the weight throw and moving up to 3rd in NCAA Division 1 with a mark of 75-5.  Justin Barber finished third with a mark of 66-7 behind Chris Reed of Minnesota State Mankato with perhaps the most violent one turn you may see in the weight throw and a new personal best and school record throw of 67-7 (4th in NCAA D2).  Redshirt freshmen Gian Lorenzo Ferretti finished 4th with an impressive PR of 65-6.  St. Cloud State sophomore Ryan Johnson finished 5th, proving his provisional qualifying mark (currently 6th in NCAA D2) and breaking the school record, previously held by All-American Adam Kershaw.


In the men's shot put #1 ranked Chris Reed from Minnesota State Mankato threw 63-8. Reed's mark, although 3 feet under his personal best, would still be the best mark in D2 this season by over a foot.

On the women's side Gopher Becci Osterdyk set a new personal best in the shot put with a mark of 48-7.5 and St. Cloud State freshmen Cassandra Cardinal provisionally qualified for NCAA D2 44-10.5.   Next weekend is Indoor championships, the Gophers are at Ohio State next weekend for the Big 10's, the NSIC will be held at Bemidji State, and the MIAC will be held at Macalester College.

St. Francis graduate and current redshirting freshmen Maggie Ewen will be competing in her first USA Track and Field championships today in Albuquerque, NM at 3:20 PM CST. HERE

Best of luck to Maggie today and to all of those competing next weekend at the indoor championships.

Update: Ewen finished 10th with a personal best of 54-4.  Great mark for a junior competing in the senior division.  

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