I am not familiar enough with the Gopher distance roster, but if there is anybody real good, they should sit out indoor and/or track if they can preserve eligibility elsewhere. They don’t owe the University any more than the University has now yanked away from them.
I don’t know Plasencia personally, but it has seemed to me that at least for sprints and throws, recently they haven’t seemed to “develop” any athletes.
I remember way back when Sidney was doing sprints and jumps and Lynn was doing throws, some athletes used to really develop, not just over a season but over the years. Idk if their school records still stand, but guys like Tyrone and Keita and some other guys I trained with really had it going, even the discus guy with the headband.
A bit later in the 400 they had 2 very good guys, and more recently Kabia in the short sprints, esp the 60. But development? Doesn’t seem like it, idk why, just my impression.
Of course I have had less contact with the athletes over the years, so maybe my impression is worthless. Today I know none of them. Plasencia gently refused to let me train on the track, and my sense was that everything had gone “official”. Once that happens the organic quality is gone, and the whole edifice becomes a merely administrative exercise. No love.
To me, men’s UMN track died already 5 years ago.
Sprintgeezer I am guessing you haven’t looked at results recently?!? 6 throwers made the ncaa indoor meet last year, one in both events and Kieta Clines TJ record wasn’t broken by a kid who developed every year. The Big ten is 10 times the conference it was in 90s and the teams were 2nd and 3rd. The men had 13 all Americans, most of whom developed drastically! This thread should be about supporting the reinstatement of the team not uneducated rambling of a geezer. Go tell kids to get off your lawn and leave the chat to people who know what tfrrs is!
Sorry Kieta’s record was* broken