Jo Rider has worked with the University of Minnesota athletic department since 1983.
Named for legendary Gophers coach Roy Griak, who led the track and field and cross country programs at Minnesota for 33 years and continues to contribute to the program, the events benefit the Gopher men's programs including the endowed scholarship program.
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.