MINNEAPOLIS — It's not how you start, but how you finish.
Owen Hoeft left his mark in dramatic fashion. The Gophers senior won the mile by .01 seconds to earn the title at the last Big Ten meet ever for the men's indoor track and field team.
This past summer when the University of Minnesota made the difficult decision to cut several sports – including men's indoor track and field – due to budget deficits, Hoeft said he was shocked.
The men's outdoor track and field team will still compete.
Owen and his younger brother Eli – who finished 10th in that mile race as well – are among the third generation of his family to run for the Gophers.
Like his older brother, Eli went to Hopkins High School before running at Minnesota. Now Hoeft carries on this legacy, even as part of the program is now in the past.