Distance Crew Rewrites Record Book in California

Track & Field | 4/16/2022 8:47:00 AM

MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota track and field team competed at three different meets throughout the end of the week, competing at the St. Thomas Tom Cat Invite, the Mt. SAC Relays and the Bryan Clay Invitational. The distance crew, who primarily competed in California, posted five new top 10 program times during the competition while the Gophers at St. Thomas picked up eight victories.

The men’s distance crew once again had a great weekend of action, posting three different top 10 times, all coming in the 5000m. Matthew Wilkinson, the 2020 USTFCCCA Division III National Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, has made a huge impact on the Gophers this season. He posted a time of 13: 35.45 to take fifth, good enough for the second-best time in program history and a top 10 time in the nation this season. Wilkinson also is currently ranked fifth in the nation in the 3000m steeplechase. Alec Basten joined Wilkinson in the fun, posting the third-fastest time in school history in the same event at 13: 39.03. His time improves his previous top 10 mark and has him now top 20 in the event in the country while also No. 7 in the 3000m steeplechase. Owen Hoeft was the final Gopher to post a top 10 time in the event, throwing down the No. 10 time in Minnesota history at 13: 51.97.

Owen’s brother Eli Hoeft was also making moves in the record book. His 3: 42.81 put him into the top 10 in the 1500m, his first time being in the top 10 program in his career. With Eli’s move into the top 10, it now puts Eli, his brother Owen and their father Carson all on at least one outdoor top 10 list at the University of Minnesota. Carson, who competed in the 1990s for Minnesota, holds three different top 10 times including the No. 6 time in the 1500m at 3: 41.99.

Minnesota’s final top 10 time came from Anastasia Korzenowski in the 800m. The redshirt senior from Chanhassen, Minn., Clocked a 2: 05.14 in the 800m at the Bryan Clay Invitational, good enough for the second best time in the Big Ten this season and the 21st best time in the country. The time also is the second best time in program history, edging her own personal best by just 0.19 seconds.

Other notable results from the Golden Gophers on the west coast included the Hasz twins Bethany and Megan in the 5000m. The duo posted near identical times with Megan at 16: 06.09 and Bethany at 16: 06.61, both times good enough for top 40 in the nation this season and top 10 in the Big Ten where Bethany is the reigning Big Ten runner-up in the event.

Back in the Twin Cities the Golden Gophers picked up a total of eight wins at the St. Thomas Tom Cat Invitational. Jake Kubiatowicz was a victor in both the discus (52.73m) and the hammer (63.41m). Minnesota went on to sweep the men’s and women’s 800m with Seth Eliason (1: 56.75) and Ava Hill (2: 15.78) and also the 3000m steeplechase with Emmet Anderson (9: 41.65) and Tate Sweeney (10: 38.55) winning. Emily Stendel also won the women’s hammer (50.33m) while Emma Atkinson posted a PR in the 5000m (17: 12.99) to take the win.

Up Next
Next week Minnesota hosts its first outdoor home meet at the Brave Like Gabe Invite on April 20, starting at 11 am, where the team will honor 31 graduating seniors during the meet. For more information on the Gophers, continue to check back with GopherSports.com. Keep up with the University of Minnesota cross country and track and field team on Twitter and Instagram (@GopherCCTF) and on Facebook, so you do not miss any content during the season.

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