The Gophers totaled 142 points in the men’s eight-kilometer competition, which was hosted by Indiana at the IU Championship Cross Country Course.
The University of Minnesota men's cross country program returned to action with a 12th-place finish at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational.
Competing at Les Bolstad Golf Course, Charlie Lawrence, Obsa Ali and Derek Wiebke were among the top-25 while Minnesota totaled 135 points in fourth place.
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 Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia to talk about all things Maroon & Gold.
• Academic All-American (2016)
• Academic All-District (2016)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
• Letter Winner (2016)
2016 | JUNIOR SEASON
Academic All-American and Academic All-District • competed in five meets for the Gophers, factoring into the team score in all five races • opened the year with a 13th-place finish at the four-mile Oz Memorial (20:34.0) • placed 90th at the eight-kilometer Roy Griak Invitational (26:25.6) • posted a 161st-place finish at the eight-kilometer Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational (25:39.1) • ran to a 45th-place showing at the eight-kilometer Big Ten championships (25:36.2) • closed out the year by finishing 83rd in his NCAA debut at the 10-kilometer NCAA Midwest Regional (32:03.6) • Academic All-Big Ten • earned first letter.
2015 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Competed in three meets for the Gophers • closed out the year with a third-place showing at the Fall Finale -- his best finish with the Maroon & Gold • also set a new personal record for an eight-kilometer course at the race, clocking a 25:09 • helped the Gophers repeat as Jim Drews Invitational team champions, finishing 24th overall (23rd among attached runners) with a time of 25:31.33 • opened the season at the Oz Memorial, finishing 17th in 19:47.0.
2014 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Ran in four races for the Gophers in his first season with the cross country program • helped the team to a pair of wins at the Jim Drews Invitational and the Fall Finale • opened the season at the Oz Memorial, finishing 26th overall with a time of 20:17.6 • finished 175th in the Griak Invitational with a time of 27:18.7 • came in 20th at the Jim Drews Invitational with a time of 25:26.69 -- a personal eight-kilometer record • finished fifth overall (fourth among attached runners) at the Fall Finale with a time of 25:41.
Graduated from Kasson-Montorville Senior High School with high honors in 2013 • the 2013 MSHSL Class AA runner-up in the 800 meters, finishing in 1:53 • competed in three events at the 2013 state meet and also placed in the meet as a sophomore in 2011 • won a total of six conference titles as a prep including four in his senior season • high school coaches were Erik Myran and Travis Robertson • a three-time alll-conference honoree (twice in track, once in cross country) • earned a total of six athletic letters as a prep (four in track, one in cross country, one in basketball).
Born on September 23, 1994 • son of Dale and Vicki Wiebke • majoring in psychology • has two sisters, Taylor and Tiana • Taylor is a member of the Minnesota women's track & field program • father played college basketball at Winona State.
|Wiebke's Career Bests|
|10K||32:03.6||NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 11, 2016)|
|8K||25:09||SJU Fall Finale (Nov. 6, 2015)|
|6K||20:17.6||Oz Memorial (Sept. 5, 2014)|
|Finish||3rd||Fall Finale (Nov. 6, 2015)|
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.