Adam Steele wins NCAA track & field title

A Minnesota Gopher was expected to win the 400 -meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, California. After all, favorite Mitch Potter had qualified for the next year's Olympic trials with a regional championship win in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 31st and was considered the favorite in Sacramento. However, it was teammate Adam Steele who captured the NCAA title in the 400-meter dash as the Minnesota Gopher men's track & field team finished in ninth-place.

Steele, a junior from Eden Prairie, edged South Carolina's Otis Harris and teammate Potter in a photo-finish to become the first Golden Gopher to win a national crown since 1971. Steele was timed at 44.57, a new Minnesota record and the fastest time in the world this season. Harris' official time is the same as Steele's time, with Potter taking third with a career-best time of 44.58.

Steele is the ninth Gopher to win a track & field national title, but is the first Minnesota sprinter to ever win a NCAA crown.

Steele and Potter, along with Andy Wohlin and Mikael Jakobsson, competed in the 4x400-meter relay, which finished second to LSU. The four received All-America honors and posted a school-record time of 3:02.33. LSU won the title with a time of 3:02.01.

Martin Robeck finished in eighthplace finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:44.04 to earn his first All-America honor in an individual event. Stanford's Grant Robison won the title, posting a 3:40.39 time.

Kevin Netzer finished in a tie for 16th in the high jump. Netzer cleared 7-0 1/4 but was eliminated after missing three attempts at 7-1 3/4. Southern California's David Jaworski won the event with a height of 7-5 3/4.

Arkansas captured the men's team title with 59 points. Auburn was second with 50. Minnesota scored 29 points for its ninth-place showing, their best national finish under Coach Phil Lundin.

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