Alex Brend  
Alex  Brend


Lake Zurich, Ill.

High School:
Lake Zurich


Gophers Head to NCAA Midwest Regional

The University of Minnesota men's cross country team returns to action this Friday at the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional in Peoria, Ill.


Bartnik, Gophers Finish Seventh at B1G Meet

Minnesota returns to competition next Friday with the Fall Finale in Collegeville, Minn.


Gophers Set for Big Ten Meet

Iowa hosts this year's conference meet on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 11:45 a.m. CT.


`U' Wins Team Title at Jim Drews Invitational

The Gophers posted 55 team points to win the UW-La Crosse's eight-kilometer race at the Ettrick Golf Club.


Gophers Finish 20th at Wisconsin

Minnesota continues the 2014 season at the 2014 Jim Drews Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18

Two-time Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014) • two-year letter winner (2013, 2014) • 13 career races • three top-10 finishes. 

Competed in four meets for the Gophers • 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) • finished 34th at the Griak Invitational with a time of 25:42.0 • finished 217th overall (217 among attached runners) at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with a time of 25:57 • finished 82nd at the Big Ten Championship with a time of 25:34.6 • Academic All-Big Ten • earned second letter. 

Ran in five races for the Gophers  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.

Competed in four races for the Gophers as a redshirt freshman • 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.

Redshirted the 2011 cross country season.

Graduated from Lake Zurich High School in 2011 • high school coaches were J.B. Hanson and Chad Beaver • all-conference and 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.

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 NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 15, 2013)
8K 24:49 Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 19, 2013)
6K 19:07.1 Oz Memorial (Sept. 5, 2014)
Finish 4th Fall Finale (Nov. 2, 2012)/Oz Memorial (Sept. 5, 2014)