The senior from Lakewood, Ill., tied for sixth in the first round of competition at the 2014 NCAA West Prelims, clearing 5.36 meters (17-07 ft.).
The Gophers list 16 team members competing in individual events at the regional meet as well as the 4x400 meter relay team.
Four returning outdoor All-Americans will lead the charge for Minnesota with two-time honoree Jacob Capek attempting to capture his third career accolade in the 4x400 meter relay.
Minnesota totaled 44 points over the three-day event at Purdue's Rankin Track & Field including several top-10 performances on Sunday in the meet finale.
Minnesota returns to action next weekend at the Big Ten championships in Lafayette, Ind.
2013 Season- Indoor: Took second in shot put at the Snowshoe Open with a throw of 57-10 1/4 (17.63) At the Big Ten Championships took ninth in shot put with mark of 57-09 (17.50m) Took second at Northwestern Open 55-09 3/4 (17.01m). Outdoor: Finished second in shot put at the Baldy Castillo with a throw of 55-00 (16.87m) took eighth in discus at the Baldy Castillo with throw of 164-05 (50.12m) saw third place finish at the Hamline Invitational in discus with a throw of 163-10 (49.95m).
Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC
Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships
Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.
Lockard Leads Gophers in Outdoor Opener
The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program kicked off the outdoor season with nine top-10 finishes at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.