April 9, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – After picking up nine titles at the Hamline Invitational this weekend, the Minnesota men’s outdoor track and field team has been ranked 22nd in the nation in this week’s U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) poll.
The Gophers earned 87.69 points in this week’s national poll, moving down two positions after opening the outdoor season with two-straight polls at No. 19.
Minnesota is one of six Big Ten programs ranked in this week’s poll. Only the Southeast Conference has more teams in the poll with eight. Texas A&M, Arkansas, Florida, Oregon and Texas make up the top five teams in this week’s rankings.
The Gophers will have an opportunity to improve its poll positioning this weekend. The main Maroon and Gold contingency will head to Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell Invitational while the Gophers will also send competitors to a pair of local meets in the St. Thomas Tomcat Twilight and the Holst Invitational.
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.