Ali continues a dominant history at the meet by the Maroon & Gold that dates back to David Van Orsdel’s win in 2006.
The Maroon & Gold finished 22nd among the talented field, totaling 540 points.
Athletics has a way of bringing people together.
Welch, a redshirt junior from Proctor, Minn., battled his way to a second-place finish at Les Bolstad Golf Course
Minnesota finished second in the four-mile race with 51 points, trailing only No. 10 Wisconsin at 25 points.
• 11 career races
• Two top-10 finishes
• One career win
• Letter winner (2015)
• 2015 Jim Drews Invitational (8K)
2015 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
Competed in five meets including his Big Ten and NCAA debuts • opened the season by helping the Gopher win the Bob Timmons Dual Classic, finishing 22nd with a time of 20:12.5 • helped the Gophers repeat as team champions at the Jim Drews Invitational, winning the individual title at 24:42.38 • made his Big Ten debut with a 33rd-place finish and a time of 24:17.2 • finished 100th in his NCAA debut at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a 32:05.1, helping the Gophers qualify for the NCAA championships for the first time since 2011 with a runner-up finish • placed 227th at the NCAA championships with a time of 32:31.1 • earned first letter • also won the 2015 Twin Cities 5K (outside of collegiate competition) with a time of 14:58.
2014 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Competed in four meets for the Gophers and helped the team pick up three wins • factored into the team's scoring for the Jim Drews Invitational and the Fall Finale • made his season debut at the UC Riverside Invitational, helping the Gophers to a team title • finished 70th with a time of 25:42.0 • finished 119th in the Griak Invitational with a time of 26:41.1 • ran a 25:22.73 -- an eight-kilometer personal record -- to finish 14th at the Jim Drews Invitational in a Minnesota win • finished seventh overall (fifth among attached runners) at the Fall Finale with a time of 26:21 in a Minnesota win.
2013 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted the 2013 cross country season • ran as an unattached competitor at the Oz Memorial and the Griak Invitational • finished 13th at the Oz Memorial with a time of 19:56.1 • crossed the finish line at 26:38.3 to finish 188th at the Griak Invitational.
A 2012 graduate of Stillwater Area High School • helped Stillwater to back-to-back Minnesota Class AA cross country state titles in 2011-12 • posted back-to-back top-10 finishes at the state cross country meet in his junior and senior season including a ninth-place finish as a senior in 2012 • qualified for his second-straight Nike National Cross Country Championships as a senior • also helped Stillwater to the 2011 Minnesota AA State Championship • ran for head coach Scott Christensen • high school teammates with fellow Gopher Wayde Hall.
|Colvin's Career Bests|
|10K||32:05.1||NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 13, 2015)|
|8K||24:17.2||Big Ten Championships (Nov. 1, 2015)|
|6K||19:56.1 (UA)||Oz Memorial (Sept. 6, 2013)|
|Finish||1st||Jim Drews Invitational (Oct. 17, 2015)|
Plasencia Named U.S. Junior Cross Country Coach
True freshmen Hamza Ali and Nick Rink will also represent the U.S. in international competition next month.
Gophers Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Led by eight Academic All-Big Ten honorees, the Gophers recorded a cumulative team grade point average of 3.43 – the program’s highest team GPA on record dating back to 1999.
Ali Qualifies for World Championships
A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Ali entered the meet having set a Gophers record to win the Twin Cities 5K earlier this year (14:47) and also picked up an individual title at the Fall...