Alex Brend  
Alex Brend

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Lake Zurich, Ill.

High School:
Lake Zurich


09/27/2014

Gophers Finish Third in Close Griak Race

Just nine points separated the top four teams on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights.

09/25/2014

Gophers Host 29th Annual Griak Invitational

The 2014 Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition is set for 12:20 p.m. on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course.

09/11/2014

`U' Heads to UC Riverside Invitational

A number of runners will make their first official appearance as Gophers this Saturday in California.

09/05/2014

Zutz Paces Gophers at Oz Memorial

The junior from St. Francis, Minn., clocked a 19:05.0 to place second in the six-kilometer race.

09/03/2014

Gophers Kick Off Season with Oz Memorial

The Gopher men will run Friday at 7 p.m. CT at Les Bolstad Golf Course.

2014 | Redshirt JuniorSeason
Opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the Oz Memorial and a time of 19:07.1• his time marked a new personal six-kilometer record for Brend while his fourth-place finish tied his career best (2012 Fall Finale).

2013 | Redshirt Sophomore Season
Ran in five races for the Gophers in 2013 and factored into the team's scoring in three meets • best finish of the season came at the Big Ten meet, finishing 35th with a time of 25:17.0 • opened the season with a 71st-place finish at the Griak Invitational, crossing the finish line in 25:31.1 • followed up the performance with a time of 25:23.7 at the Notre Dame Invitational to finish 58th • clocked a 24:49 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational for a new 8K personal record, finishing 172nd • ran a 32:19.6 at the NCAA Regionals to finish 89th • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned first letter.

2012 | Redshirt Freshman Season
Competed in four races for the Gophers as a redshirt freshman in 2012 • best finish was at the Oz Memorial, finishing first on the team and sixth overall with a time of 19:23.40 in his Gophers debut • clocked a 26:20.2 at the Griak Invitational, finishing 68th overall • also posted a 29th-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational open Race, finishing in 25:24 • Fall Finale time was 25:18.00, placing second on the team and fourth overall.

2011 | Freshman Season
Redshirted the 2011 cross country season.

High School
Graduated from Lake Zurich High School in 2011 • high school coaches were J.B. Hanson and Chad Beaver • All-Conference, All-State as a senior • finished 18th overall in the state championships as a senior • also participated in track, football and wrestling in high school • Honor Roll all four years • won the Illinois Class 3A State Championship in the 800m as a senior.

Personal
Born on July 23, 1993 • son of Mary Beth and Kenneth Brend • majoring in biology • has three brothers including one twin brother • enjoys swimming, video games and ultimate Frisbee.

Brend's Career Bests
10K 32:19.6 2013 NCAA Regional (Nov. 15, 2013)
8K 24:49 2013 Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 19, 2013)
6K 19:07.1 2014 Oz Memorial (Sept. 5, 2014)
Finish 4th (2x) 2012 Fall Finale (Nov. 2, 2012)/2014 Oz Memorial (Sept. 5, 2014)