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.
The Eden Prairie, Minn., native won the outdoor conference long jump title and set a new personal record of 7.57 meters.
The 2014 Big Ten Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships continue over the next two days in West LaFayette.
2013 Season- Indoor: Did not compete. Outdoor: Finished 12th in the 1,500 meters at the Hamline Invitational with a time of 4:03.56 Ran prelims in the 5,000m at the Stanford Payton Jordan finishing with a time of 14:17.97 Finished the 5,000m 23rd at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 14.50.00 Took 13th at the Big Ten Championships in the 10,000 (30:19.11).
2012 Season - Indoor: Ran the 10th-fastest time in school history and finished fifth (unseeded) in the 3,000 meters at the Husky Classic with a time of 8:12.44 ran a 4:18.52 mile at the Bill Bergan Invite. Outdoor: Finished 13th (30:26.76) in the 10,000 meters at the Big Ten Championships finished third in the 5,000m at the Drake Relays with a time of 14:09.71 also competed in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invite, finishing in 14:15.39.
2011 Season Indoor:run at the Husky Classic in the 3,000 meters and finished with a time of 8:19.11 competed at the Bill Bergan invitational in the 3,000 meters and finished fourth (8:20.66)Outdoor:Ran at the Macalester Twilight in the 1,500 meters and finished third (3:55.42) ran at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in the 1,500 meters and finished seventh (3:58.59) competed at the St. Thomas Quad in the 5,000 meters and finished first (14:30.67).
High School: A 2009 of Marmion Academy high school coach was Dan Billish a two-time all-state runner in cross country placed eighth in the Illinois Class 3A Cross Country Championships as a senior earned all-state as a senior in track placed fourth in the 3,200 meters (9:10.04) also competed in the 1,600 meters a four-time letterwinner in both cross country and track an honor roll student.
Personal: Born April 16, 1991 undecided on a major parents are Brad and Patty Larsen has a younger brother Alec enjoys fishing as a hobby.
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.