The women's six-kilometer race is slated for 11 a.m. CT with the men's 10-kilometer competition following at noon.
Fourteen women's teams and 12 men's teams will toe the line at Les Bolstad Course for the 2016 Big Ten Cross Country Championship on Sunday.
The Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition is set to run at 12:20 p.m. CT on Saturday, Sept 24 at Les Bolstad Golf Course.
Thirty teams and almost 350 runners are slated to run in the Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition.
The men's race is scheduled to run at 7 p.m. CT with the women's competition starting at 6:30 p.m.
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CAREER NOTES & HONORS
2015 team captain • First Team All-Big Ten (2014), Second Team All-Big Ten (2015) • two-time NCAA All-Region honoree (2014, 2015) • two career individual wins (2013 Fall Finale, 2015 Bob Timmons Dual Classic) • three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014, 2015) • USTFCCCA All-Academic (2014, 2015) • Capital One Academic All-District (2015) • two-year letter winner (2014-2015).
2015 | REDSHIRT SENIOR SEASON
Served as team captain along with Christian Skaret and Adam Zutz • opened the season with an individual title at the Bob Timmons Dual Classic and led the Gophers to a team title with a time of 19:08.7 • finished 21st at the 2015 Roy Griak with a time of 25:29.9 • placed 12th at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 23:52.8, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors • paced the Gophers with a 12th-place showing at the NCAA Midwest Regional, crossing the line at 30:18.1 • earned his second-straight NCAA All-Regional merit after helping the Gophers to a runner-up finish and Minnesota's first team NCAA championship berth since 2011 • ran 31:17.5 to finish 135th at the NCAA championships • Academic All-Big Ten • USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree • earned second letter.
2014 | REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON
First Team All-Big Ten • NCAA All-Region honoree • the first Gopher to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors since 2010 (Ben Blankenship) • led Minnesota in all six races he competed in during the 2014 season • opened the season at the UC Riverside Invitational and paced the Gophers with a second-place finish to earn Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors • recorded a time of 24:07.1 at the Califonia race, helping the Gophers pick up a team title • finished eighth overall in the Griak Invitational with a time of 25:07.0 • finished 30th at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, crossing the finish line at 24:11 • placed seventh at the Big Ten Championship with a time of 23:52.6, a personal best • finished fourth at the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional with a 10-kilometer time of 30:12.0, qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Championships as an individual • finished 135th overall with a time of 31:50.9 at the 2014 NCAA Championships • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree • Capital One Academic All-District honoree • earned first letter • named Minnesota's Fred O. Watson Award winner as team MVP.
2013 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
Returned from injury to win the 2013 Fall Finale in his collegiate debut • paced the eight-kilometer race with a time of 24:43 • Academic All-Big Ten honoreee.
2012 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Did not see action during the 2012 cross country season.
2011 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted the 2011 cross country season.
Graduated from Eden Prairie in 2011 • high school coaches were Jeff Lindlief and Bruce Kivimaki • two-time all state selection • three-time all conference in cross country • two-time Section 6AA Cross Country Champion • AA Individual State Cross Country Champion in 2009 • NXN Heartland Regional Champion (15:33 in the 5K) • Minnesota Boys Cross Country Gatorade Runner of the Year • finished 29th in the state championship as a sophomore, first as a junior and third overall as a senior • took eighth in the state championships in Nordic Skiing as a senior • graduated with honors and a gold cord after earning a 3.9 GPA.
Born on January 2, 1993 • son of Dan and Julene Bartnik • majoring in electrical engineering • enjoys playing ping-pong, soccer and unicycling.
|Bartnik's Career Bests|
|8K||23:52.6||Big Ten Championship (Nov. 2, 2014)|
|10K||30:12.0||NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 14, 2014)|
|Finish||1st||2013 Fall Finale (Nov. 8, 2013)/2015 Bob Timmons Dual Classic (Sept. 1, 2015)|
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