Minnesota Scene: Gophers' Abda 4th in NCAA 800
- Article by: NEWS SERVICES
- June 7, 2013 - 11:51 PM
Seniors Harun Abda and Travis Burkstrand and freshman Wally Ellenson claimed first-team All-America honors for the Gophers on Friday at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore.
In his final collegiate event, Abda picked up his 13th overall All-America honor with a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters in 1 minute, 47.6 seconds. Burkstrand placed eighth (1:48.24).
Ellenson tied for eighth in the high jump at 7 feet, 2½ inches, becoming the first Gopher to earn All-America honors in the outdoor high jump since Kevin Netzer in 2004.
Gwen Jorgensen of St. Paul was chosen the U.S. Olympic Committee’s female athlete of the month for May. A 2012 Olympian, Jorgensen won a World Triathlon Series event in Yokohama, Japan. Jorgensen is the first American woman in nearly 10 years to be ranked No. 1 in the world.
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