The Maroon & Gold combined for 205 points at Friday’s 10-kilometer race in Iowa City, Iowa.
The women's six-kilometer race is slated for 11 a.m. CT with the men's 10-kilometer competition following at noon.
The Maroon & Gold finished fourth at the Big Ten championships, totaling 119 points behind three All-Big Ten runners.
The Maroon & Gold finished 22nd among the talented field, totaling 540 points.
Welch, a redshirt junior from Proctor, Minn., battled his way to a second-place finish at Les Bolstad Golf Course
• Three career races
• Two top-10 finishes
• One individual title.
• 2015 Fall Finale (8K, unattached)
2015 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted the 2015 cross country season while running in three meets as an unattached competitor • opened the year with a seventh-place showing at the Oz Memorial, clocking a 19:13.0 • placed 81st at the Griak Invitational with a time of 26:29.1 • won the Fall Finale to close out the season and give Minnesota its fourth-straight individual title at the meet • paced the race at 24:59.
Graduated from Wayzata High School in 2015 • the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Gatorade Minnesota Cross Country Runner of the Year • a two-time high school All-American • helped Wayzata win back-to-back MSHSL Class 2A state cross country championships in his final two years as a prep • also claimed the 2014 individual state cross country title as a senior after finishing second as a junior and fifth as a sophomore • his senior performance at the state meet paced Wayzata to a school record 47 points • an eight-time all-state honoree (four cross country, four track) • six-time all-conference honoree (five cross country, one track) • won back-to-back Lake Conference cross country titles as a junior and as a senior • also posted four top-10 finishes at the state track & field meet • set two school records • ran for Bill Miles and Eric Jahn among others as a prep • previously competed at Maple Grove High School • earned a total of 12 letters (six cross country, six track) • closed out his prep cross country career by helping Wayzata to a runner-up finish at Nike Cross Nationals.
Born July 31, 1996 • native of Maple Grove, Minn. • son of Anthony and Sue Olson • has one brother, Tyler • mother and father both ran track and cross country at St. Cloud State • brother ran track and cross country at UW-Eau Claire • lists finishing second as a team at Nike Cross Nationals as his most memorable sports experience.
|Olson's Career Bests|
|8K||24:59 (UA)||Fall Finale (Nov. 6, 2015)|
|6K||19:13.0 (UA)||Oz Memorial (Sept. 11, 2015)|
|Finish||1st (UA)||Fall Finale (Nov. 6, 2015)|
Wieland, Wiebke Earn Academic All-America
A three-time Academic All-American, Wieland represented the Maroon & Gold on the Second Team while Wiebke picked up his first career honor as a Third Team selection.
Mead Wins USATF 10,000 Meters
Mead’s title on Friday snapped Galen Rupp’s streak of eight consecutive USATF 10,000 meter championships.
Six Gophers Set for USATF Championships
The best track & field athletes in the country will compete to qualify for the IAAF World Championships to be held in London Aug. 4-13.