St. Thomas and O'Shaughnessy Stadium will play host to several elite men's track and field athletes this Friday evening at the Tomcat Twilight meet.
There's no admission charge, and field events start at 4 p.m. with the first track races at 4:30 p.m.
The seven-team meet includes the Minnesota Gophers, North Dakota, MSU Mankato, MSU Moorhead, Hamline, Augsburg and the Tommies.
Several elite unattached athletes are expected to compete, including Minnesota Viking DE Brian Robison in the shot put and 4x400 relay Olympic gold medalist Andrew Rock.
Robison, starting his third NFL season, set the Texas Longhorns' shot put record with a toss of 68-3.75 (20.82 meters) as a college sophomore at the 2005 NCAA Regional meet. He is expected to throw at 4:30 p.m. Robison also plans to throw next week at the Drake Relays.
(KARE 11 sports will air a feature on Robison's shot put interest Thursday night at 10:20 p.m.)
Rock, a 2004 UW-LaCrosse graduate, was a two-time Division III champ at 400 meters and a 17-time All-American. He was the 2006 USA National champ in the 400 meters.
Other top athletes expected are Carl Wright,a 54-foot triple jumper; Gopher sprinter Ibrahim Kabia (10.60, 21.63); U of M high jumpers Matt Fisher (7-4 1-2) and Matt Clauer (6-9); Gopher pole vaulters Joe Plencner and Brock Spandl (both 17-0 3-4); MSU Mankato long jumper Chris Nowlin (23-1 1-4); Gopher triple jumper Ray Blackledge (48-4); U of M shot putters Tyler Kleinhuizen and Trey Davis (both 55-9 1-4); and Gopher javelin thrower Paul Hoplin (196-10).
One of the interesting races will be the 800 meters, where freshmen twins Mike and Nick Hutton of Apple Vallley have the top two times. Mike, a Tommie standout in soccer and track, was named MIAC Track Athlete of the Week after he ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time at O'Shaughnessy Stadium last Thursday at the Meet of Saints. Nick Hutton competes for the Minnesota Gophers.
In the 1,500, Tommie seniors Brian Sames, Matt Boumeester and Kyle Brandon and Hamline's Brandon Gleason will meet in a battle of Division III All-Americans.
In the conference season-best list for the 2009 outdoor season, St. Thomas is ranked first in seven events, second in six events, and third in eight others.Click here to view entry list and heat sheets: