Gophers Competing in Varied National Championships

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Track & Field | 6/20/2022 10:23:00 AM

MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota has a big group of rivals world wide that shall be aiming to punch their tickets to the 2022 World Athletics Championships that shall be held in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field in July. A complete of 11 student-athletes that competed for Minnesota this previous season shall be competing together with 4 alumni. 

Three 2022 First Team All-Americans will compete on the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships, with Alec Basten and Matthew Wilkinson contesting the 3000m steeplechase whereas Shelby Frank will throw the discus. Abby Kohut-Jackson will return to competitors within the 3000m steeplechase whereas Nyalaam Jok rounds out this 12 months’s Gophers on the occasion within the excessive leap. Three extra alums will see motion in Eugene this week with Sean Donnelly (Hammer), Benjamin Blankenship (1500m) and Shane Streich (800m) all qualifying. At the junior stage, freshman Floyd Whitaker will leap within the 2022 USATF U20 Outdoor Championships within the triple leap. 

Also this week are 4 different nationwide championships throughout the globe. Akilah Lewis and Kion Benjmain will return to Trinidad & Tobago to compete of their nation’s nationwide championships within the sprints. Kostas Zaltos, recent off his second-straight NCAA bronze medal, will contest the hammer in his residence nation of Greece. Minnesota’s Jamaican duo of Janielle Josephs and Abigail Schaaffe will run within the Jamaican National Championships whereas alumni Barbora Spotakova will compete within the Czech Republic’s javelin occasion. 

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Gopher Entries by Event, Qualifying Mark

USA: Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase

Abby Kohut-Jackson, 9:41.20

USA: Women’s excessive leap

Nyalaam Jok, 1.86m

USA: Women’s discus

Shelby Frank, 58.85m

USA: Men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase

Alec Basten, 8:22.22

Matthew Wilkinson, 8:25.03

USA: Men’s 1,500 meters

Ben Blankenship, 3:40.32

USA: Men’s 800 meters

Shane Streich, 1:45.85

USA: Men’s hammer throw

Sean Donnelly, 77.50m

USA U20: Men’s triple leap

Floyd Whitaker, 15.68m

Trinidad & Tobago: Men’s 100m/200m

Kion Benjamin, 10.23/20.79

Trinidad & Tobago: Women’s 100m

Akilah Lewis, 11.47

Greece: Men’s hammer throw

Kostas Zaltos, 72.51m 

Jamaica: Women’s 400m

Janielle Josephs, 52.73

Jamaica: Women’s 400m Hurdles

Abigail Schaaffe, 56.84

Czech Republic: Women’s javelin

Barbora Spotakova, 60.35m


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