Paul Hilsen
Paul Hilsen


Lakeville, Minn.

High School:
Lakeville South HS

3 Letters


Gopher Men Finish 16th at NCAA Championships

Hassan Mead becomes first four-time All-American for Minnesota in cross country history


Gopher Men Finish 16th at NCAA Championships

Hassan Mead takes 34th and earns his fourth All-American accolade


Minnesota Set for NCAA Championships

Race begins at 11:08 am on Monday


Gophers Score a Perfect 15 to take Fall Finale

Hilsen wins Fall Finale


Minnesota to Run at Fall Finale on Friday

Seven members to comepte at Fall Final

2011 Senior Season: Competed in five meets • joined the Gophers and their 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, running 32:53 • raced the Big Ten Championships in 25:19, good for eighth on the team • ran the Gophers' eighth-best time (25:34.2) at the Roy Griak Invitational • clocked 20:01 at the Hornet Jamboree 4-mile to place 18th overall and eighth for Minnesota

2010 • Junior Season: Competed in four races during the season • ran at the BYU Autumn 4M Race and finished 26th overall, with a time of 21:34.0 • finished 95th overall (25:58.1) at the Roy Griak • crossed the line in 3rd place (24:44.4) at the Jim Drews Invite, which was his best finish of the season • competed at the Big Ten championships and took 63rd overall with a time of 25:13.9 • earned third letter.

2009 • Sophomore Season: Competed in five meets • traveled as an alternate to NCAA Championships • the Gophers' number-five runner (27:06.2), 58th overall, at Big Ten Championships • team's second runner (19:18.37), third overall, in Oz Memorial Run • varsity letterwinner.

2008 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Competed in five meets • the Gophers' number-two runner, 22nd overall, at the Jim Drews Invitational with a time of 25:41.8.

2007 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.

On the Track: Will be a junior in 2011 • competes in the mile, 1,500m and 3,000m • varsity letterwinner.

High School: A 2007 graduate of Lakeville South High School • high school coaches were Jessica Just and Jazz Sommers • a five-time all-state honoree in high school cross country/track career • placed 17th (16:02.4) and helped team to a sixth-place finish at the 2006 Minnesota Class AA meet • placed 24th as a junior and 42nd as a sophomore • captured all-state honors as a junior and senior (4:11.85) in the 1,600 meters • ran anchor on fourth-place 4x800m relay as a sophomore as team placed second • placed 13th in the mile at the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals in a time of 4:11.04, the seventh-best time in Minnesota high school history • also competed in Nordic skiing • an honor student.

Personal: Born Dec. 3, 1988 • mechanical engineering major • son of Dave and Debbie Hilsen • is the oldest of five children with siblings: Nicole, John, Amy and Brock • enjoys camping and sailing.


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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