Derek Storkel
Derek Storkel


Tomah, Wis.

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Gophers Host 29th Annual Griak Invitational

The 2014 Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition is set for 12:20 p.m. on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course.


Gophers Kick Off Season with Oz Memorial

The Gopher men will run Friday at 7 p.m. CT at Les Bolstad Golf Course.


Larsen, Storkel Earn All-Region Honors

Larsen and Storkel are the first Gophers to earn All-Regional honors since 2010 when Ben Blankenship, Mike Torchia and Pieter Gagnon earned distinction.


Gophers End Season After Regional

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).


Gophers Tie for Fifth at NCAA Regional

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

Golden Gopher Career Notes:Will serve as one of three team captains as a senior in 2013 • competed in the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships as a true freshman.

2012• Junior Season: Competed in five races for the Gophers and factored into Minnesota's scoring in all five events• made his season debut at the Autumn Classic, finishing 18th overall with a time of 20:48.9• added a 16th-place performance at the Griak Invitational, crossing the finish line at 25:11.4• clocked his personal best eight-kilometer race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, recording a time of 24:20• finished 30th overall at the Big Ten Championship with a time of 24:34• led Minnesota at the NCAA Midwest Regional, recording a 36th-place finish and a time of 31:14.33• letter winner.

2011 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Did not compete.

2010 • Sophomore Season: Redshirted.

2009 • Freshman Season: Gave up a reshirt season to run in the championship portion of the season • helped Gophers to a 24th-place showing at NCAA Championships • Gophers' number-six runner at NCAA (32:57.3) and NCAA Midwest Region Championships (33:01.7) • Gophers' fifth runner (26:41.9), 44th overall, at Big Ten Championships • varsity letterwinner.

High School: A 2009 graduate of Tomah High School • high school coaches were Bruce Luebke, Becky Baures and Eric Eswien • the 2008 Wisconsin Division 1 cross country champion (15:26.1) • runner-up in 2007, 13th in 2006 • Mississippi Valley Runner of the Year as a junior and senior • four-time all-state honoree in track • state runner-up in the 1,600 meters (4:14.42) and third in 3,200 meters (9:10.73) as a senior • honor student.

Personal: Born Feb. 13, 1991 • intends to major in kinesiology • parents are Ryan and Christine Storkel • has siblings Sam, Courtney and Samantha • hobbies include hunting and fishing.


Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC


Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.

Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships


Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.

Catching Up with Coach

3/16/2017 caught up with Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia to talk about all things Maroon & Gold.

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