The 2014 Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition is set for 12:20 p.m. on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course.
The Gopher men will run Friday at 7 p.m. CT at Les Bolstad Golf Course.
Larsen and Storkel are the first Gophers to earn All-Regional honors since 2010 when Ben Blankenship, Mike Torchia and Pieter Gagnon earned distinction.
Minnesota was led by a pair of senior captains who earned NCAA All-Region honors in Ames in Andrew Larsen (18th, 30:51.6) and Derek Storkel (23rd, 31:02.7).
The Gophers were led by their three senior captains -- Andrew Larsen, Derek Storkel and John Simons.
Career Notes:Will serve as one of three team captains as a senior in 2013.
2012Junior Season:Competed in five meets for the Gophers as a junior in 2012 and factored into Minnesota's scoring in all five races opened the season at the Autumn Classic, finishing first among Gophers and 11th overall with a time of 20:26.1 added a 10th-place finish (second among Gophers) at the Griak Invitational with a time of 25:02.9 posted a season-best eight-kilometer time of 24:14 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, finishing 82nd overall and second among Gopher runners finished 32nd overall at the Big Ten Championship with a time of 24:35 closed out the season with a 45th-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional, crossing the finish line at 31:28.24 letter winner.
2011 Sophomore Season: Competed in six meets earned a trip to Terre Haute, Indiana, racing 30:51 at the NCAA Championships and finishing third for the Gophers (60thoverall) ran as Minnesota's number-three runner at the Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships, placing 22ndoverall with 31:49.99 raced the Big Ten Championships in a season-best 24:17, good for 17thplace overall and third-best on the team clocked 24:32 at the Wisconsin Adidas 8K as the third Gopher to finish placed 27thoverall and third on the team at the Roy Griak Invitational, racing 24:45.8 earned third-place team and overall honors at the Hornet Jamboree 4-mile with a time of 19:28
2010 Redshirt Freshman Season: Academic All-Big Ten team member of the Gopher squad who finished 27th at the NCAA championships, where he finished 175th overall (31:55.2) and fourth on the team finished 14th at the BYU Autumn 4K Race with a time of 21:03.7 came in at 25:26.7 (56th overall) in the Roy Griak Invite ran at the Pre-NCAA meet finishing 76th overall, with a time of 24:49.9 for the Gophers took 37th (24:36.4) at the Big Ten Championships ran to a 45th place finish at the NCAA Midwest meet, posting a time of 31:11.96 in the 10K race earned his first letter.
2009 Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.
High School: A 2009 graduate of Marmion Academy high school coach was Dan Billish a two-time all-state runner in cross country placed eighth in the Illinois Class 3A Cross Country Championships as a senior earned all-state as a senior in track placed fourth in the 3,200 meters (9:10.04) also competed in the 1,600 meters a four-time letterwinner in both cross country and track an honor roll student.
Personal: Born April 16, 1991 majoring in computer science parents are Brad and Patty Larsen has a younger brother Alec enjoys fishing as a hobby.
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