Gophers capture third distance relay in two years
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Thanks to the crowd, Minnesota's Ryan Ford knew he was in trouble.
So he found an extra burst of speed coming out of the final turn and pulled away from his challengers to give the Gophers a victory in the 6,400-meter relay at the Drake Relays on Friday.
Ford had opened a 25-meter lead after the first lap of his 1,600
leg. But by the time he reached the final 100 meters, Texas Tech's
Kevin Chelimo, Notre Dame's Todd Ptacek and Air Force's Mark Walter
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