Behind top-10 performances from Charlie Lawrence, Evan Ferlic and Connor Olson, the Maroon & Gold totaled 50 points in the eight-kilometer race.
GopherSports.com caught up with one of the newest members of the Maroon & Gold as he kicks off his first year with the program.
The women's six-kilometer race is slated for 11 a.m. CT with the men's 10-kilometer competition following at noon.
Ali continues a dominant history at the meet by the Maroon & Gold that dates back to David Van Orsdel’s win in 2006.
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.
2016 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted • ran in three college meets as an unattached competitor • opened the year with a 30th-place showing at the four-mile Oz Memorial (21:17.4) • placed 224th at the eight-kilometer Roy Griak Invitational (28:04.9) • finished seventh at the eight-kilometer Fall Finale (26:31) • also placed fifth at the 2016 Twin Cities 5K (15:30).
A 2016 graduate of Mounds View High School • a six-time all-conference selection in the Suburban East Conference (twice in cross country, twice in hockey and twice in track & field) • a 10-time letter winner (four in cross country, three in hockey, three in track & field) • a three-time state meet participant • recorded 33 goals in three years of varsity hockey and lead the team in scoring in his final two years as a prep • ran for Ross Fleming and Bill Pratt at Mounds View and played hockey for Scott Brokaw • graduated with a 4.1 GPA and received highest honors from Mounds View • named the 2015-16 Mounds View High School Student-Athlete of the Year.
Born April 15, 1998 • native of Shoreview, Minn. • son of Steve and Theresa Plasencia • has one brother, Ryan • father is Minnesota’s Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country, a Gophers All-American alum and a two-time U.S. Olympian in the 10,000 meters • plans to study chemical engineering • also enjoys fishing and can solve a Rubix Cube in under a minute • lists his most memorable sports experience as scoring an overtime game-winning goal against East Ridge during his senior hockey season.
|Plasencia's Career Bests|
|8K||26:04.1||IU Open (Sept. 2, 2017)|
|Finish||7th (UA)||Fall Finale (Nov. 4, 2016)|
Ali Breaks School 10K Record at NCAA Regional
11/10/2017 - M. Cross Country
Ali finished the 10-kilometer race at the ISU Cross Country Course in 29:23.06, besting Plasencia's 29:26.0 from the 1976 NCAA Championships.
'U' Heads to NCAA Midwest Regional
11/8/2017 - M. Cross Country
The Gophers return all five scorers from last year's Midwest Regional squad as the Maroon & Gold finished seventh with a total of 205 points.
Lucas Claims Fall Finale Title
11/3/2017 - M. Cross Country
Lucas’ title continues a stretch of success for the Maroon & Gold in Collegeville dating back to David Van Orsdel’s Fall Final title in 2006.