Cross Country Kicks Off 2012 with Oz Memorial Run

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The Minnesota men's cross country team opens the 2012 campaign on Friday afternoon with the Oz Memorial Run at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. The Gopher men kick off the event with a 6K race at 4:30 p.m. before a 6K follow-up by the Minnesota women's team at 5 p.m. 

Six collegiate programs will compete in the men's race on Friday as Drake, Minnesota State, Mankato, Minnesota Duluth, Northern Iowa and South Dakota State will join the Gophers. Approximately 80 runners including six Gophers are expected to compete in Minnesota's first competition of the season. 

The preliminary line-up for Minnesota will be redshirt freshman Alex Brend, sophomore Jeffrey Cottrell, sophomore Blayne Dulian, senior Nick Hutton, redshirt freshman Christian Skaret and junior Erik Truedson. 

The Oz Memorial Run is named after Gary Osborn, the longtime Drake women's track and field and cross country coach who died in 2000. Osborn was a longtime friend of Minnesota women's head coach Gary Wilson.

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