Alex Brend  
Alex Brend

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Lake Zurich, Ill.

High School:
Lake Zurich


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.

11/15/2013

Gophers Tie for Fifth at NCAA Regional

The Gophers were led by their three senior captains -- Andrew Larsen, Derek Storkel and John Simons.

11/03/2013

Gophers Finish Fourth at Big Tens

The University of Minnesota men's cross country program finished fourth at the 2013 Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championships, totaling 136 team points.

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)