June 16, 2008

Golden Gophers on the national (and international) scene

Congratulations are in order all around for the following current and future Golden Gopher athletes...

Women's Track All-Americans
Liz Roehrig - Runner-up Heptathlon
Heather Dorniden - 5th place 800 Meters
Ruby Radocaj - 6th place Javelin

Men's Track All-Americans
Hassan Mead - 6th place 5000 Meters

Mead is a true freshman who has had an outstanding freshman year and if healthy could become an all time Gopher great.

  • All-American (Cross Country)
  • Big Ten Runner-Up (Cross Country)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • Big Ten Outdoor Champ 5000M (Track)
  • All-American 5000 M (Track)
  • 6th place finish at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Next? Olympic trials.

Jake Deitchler - your youngest member of the US Olympic team as the 66 Kg wrestler. The 18 year old just graduated from Anoka and will be a Golden Gopher next season but has already made a name for himself as only the second high school wrestler to make the Olympic team. Mike Farina was the last to do it in 1976. This is a pretty incredible accomplishment and should give me a reason to tune into Olympic Wrestling this year.

Also worth noting is that there has been a wrester from the state of Minnesota on the US team for every Olympics dating back to 1968.

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