Athletics | 04/05/2022 21:24:00

MINNEAPOLIS– University of Minnesota athletics saw a real freshman Nyalaam Jok break the high jump school record Wednesday night at the St. Thomas Tommie Twilight. Jok’s performance was joined by three other performances in the program’s top 10 at O’Shaughnessy Stadium.

Jok’s performance was unique for the ages on Wednesday afternoon. The Annandale, Minnesota native recorded three personal bests to hit the 6-1 1/4 (1.86m) mark that broke Taylor Wiebke’s 2017 school record of 6-0 (1.85m) 3/4). Jok’s jump is tied for best in the Big Ten this season and good enough for seventh in the nation this year.

Minnesota had a total of 13 wins in the midweek encounter. At Lexy Berger the pole vault victory was one of the biggest highlights of the afternoon. Berger surpassed his previous career best in the event for a new personal best of 4.15m (13-7 1/4). The mark moves Berger to fifth in school history in the event and propels her to sixth in the Big Ten this season.

The only top 10 on the track came from Zaria Black in the 100m hurdles. The true freshman rode her best race of her young career to win the event with the sixth-fastest time in school history, the first time the Gibsonville, North Carolina native has cracked the top 10 outdoors in Minnesota.

Minnesota’s latest top 10 performance came in the form of Jake Kubiatowicz in the hammer throw. Kubiatowicz threw a mark of 66.12m (216-11) on his second attempt of four in the shortened competition. Carter Hughes finished second in the hammer throw, an event in which the Gophers are ranked No. 1 as a collective group this season, with a season-high 61.50m (201-9).

Another notable Minnesota victory included a season-best time from the Big Ten champion Kion Benjamin at 100m. Benjamin’s 10.28 slightly betters his season best in the event and is within a tenth of Benjamin’s school record of 10.21 which was set in 2021.

Minnesota wraps up the regular season outdoors with action at St. Thomas and Hamline May 4-6. For more information on Gophers, keep checking out Follow the University of Minnesota Cross Country and Track and Field team on Twitter and Instagram (@GopherCCTF) and on Facebook, so you don’t miss any content during the season.


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