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 (2015) • NCAA All-Region honoree (2015) • 21 career races • three top-10 finishes • four-time Academic All-Big Ten (2012-15) • USTFCCCA All-Academic (2015) • four-year letter winner (2012-15) • Fred O. Watson Award recipient (2015).
2015 | REDSHIRT SENIOR SEASON
Served as a team captain with Aaron Bartnik and Christian Skaret • First Team All-Big Ten and NCAA All-Region honoree • competed in six races and factored into the team's scoring in all six competitions • led the Maroon & Gold at the Pre-National Meet and the Big Ten meet • his time of 23:40.0 (8K) at the 2015 Big Ten Cross Country Championships was a personal record and the fifth-fastest eight-kilometer time in school history • finished seventh overall at the conference meet to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors • opened the season with a runner-up finish (6K:19:08.8) behind teammate Aaron Bartnik at the Bob Timmons Dual Classic as the Gophers captured the team title • finished 17th at the Roy Griak Invitational with a time of 25:24.0 (8K) • paced Minnesota at the Pre-National Meet, clocking a 23:53.1 (8K) • finished 18th at the NCAA Midwest Regional (30:25.1, 10K) with a personal record to earn NCAA All-Region honors as the Gophers finished second, advancing to the NCAA championships as a team for the first time since 2011 • ran 30:54.4 (10K) at the NCAA championships to finish 94th • Academic All-Big Ten and USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree • earned fourth letter • named the program's Fred O. Watson Award winner as team MVP.
2014 | REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON
Competed in five meets for the Gophers, factoring into the team scoring in all five meets • set new personal records for six, eight and 10 kilometer courses • opened the season with a runner-up performance at the Oz Memorial, a new personal-best finish • his Oz time of 19:05.0 was the fastest by a Gopher at the meet since Pieter Gagnon clocked a 19:04.58 in 2009 (also finished second) • finished 21st in the Griak Invitational with a time of 25:27.1 • finished 33rd at the Big Ten Championship with a time of 24:23.1, a new eight-kilometer personal record • placed 29th at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a time of 30:25.8, a 10-kilometer personal record • Academic All-Big Ten • earned third letter.
2013 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
Competed in five meets for the Gophers during the 2013, factoring into the team scoring in all five races • set a new personal 8K record at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, crossing the finish line at 24:34 to finish 138th • also posted a new career best finish at the Big Ten meet, placing 25th with a time of 25:03.1 • opened the season at the Griak Invitational, clocking a 25:18.3 to place 55th • came in 34th at the Notre Dame Invitational with a time of 25:03.8 • closed out the season at the NCAA regional, placing 42nd with a time of 31:19.2 • Academic All-Big Ten • earned second letter.
2012 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Competed in five events for the Gophers as a redshirt freshman in 2012 • made his Minnesota debut at the Autumn Classic, finishing the four-mile course in 22:00.7 to place 46th • finished 49th overall at the Griak Invitational with a time of 25:58.4 • his time of 24:50 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational was his top eight-kilometer performance of the season • finished 51st overall at the Big Ten Championship with a time of 24:57 • closed out his season with a 46th-place performance at the NCAA Midwest Regional, crossing the finish line at 31:28.76 • Academic All-Big Ten • earned first letter.
2011 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted the 2011 cross country season.
Graduated from St. Francis High School in 2011 • high school coaches were Becki Hanson and Andy Forbort • All-State honors in junior and senior years • won the individual state championship as a senior • 2010 Minnesota Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year • two-time Academic All State • won the 2010 Griak Gold Division • finished second at the Nike Heartland Region • took 23rd at the Nike Cross Nationals.
Born on April 20, 1993 • son of Greg Zutz and Betsy Rock-Zutz • majoring in engineering • has one sister, Maria • enjoys camping, eating, being outdoors and spending time with friends/family.
|Zutz's Career Bests|
|10K||30:25.1||NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 13, 2015)|
|8K||23:53.1||Pre-National Meet (Oct. 17, 2015)|
|6K||19:05.0||Oz Memorial (Sept. 5, 2014)|
|Finish||2nd||Oz Memorial (Sept. 5, 2014)/Bill Timmons Dual Classic (Sept. 1, 2015)|
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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.
Catching Up with Coach
GopherSports.com caught up with Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia to talk about all things Maroon & Gold.