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)|
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
GopherSports.com caught up with Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia to talk about all things Maroon & Gold.