John Simons
John Simons


Hartland, Wis.

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Gophers Head to Big Ten Championships

Northwestern hosts this year's conference meet at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course.


Gophers Host 29th Annual Griak Invitational

The 2014 Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition is set for 12:20 p.m. on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course.


Gophers Kick Off Season with Oz Memorial

The Gopher men will run Friday at 7 p.m. CT at Les Bolstad Golf Course.


Gophers Tie for Fifth at NCAA Regional

The Gophers were led by their three senior captains -- Andrew Larsen, Derek Storkel and John Simons.


Minnesota Heads to Ames for NCAA Regional

Steve Plasencia has led the Gophers to three NCAA regional titles and 14 NCAA championship appearances.

Career Notes: Will serve as one of three team captains as a senior in 2013• Second Team All-Big Ten honoree in 2012.

2012 • Redshirt Junior Season:Second Team All-Big Ten honoree• competed in five races for the Gophers in 2012 and factored into Minnesota's scoring in all five events• led the Gophers in two races• opened the season at the Autumn Classic, finishing 14th overall with a time of 20:36.7• paced Minnesota at the Roy Griak Invitational with an eighth-place finish• clocked a time of 25:00.2 at the Griak as Minnesota picked up its first-ever team title at the event• clocked a 24:22 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational• led Minnesota at the Big Ten Championship, finishing 11th overall with a time of 24:09• closed out the 2012 season at the NCAA Midwest Regional, finishing 41st overall with a time of 31:17.43• letter winner.

2011 • Junior Season: Did not compete.

2010 Sophomore Season: Ran at the Roy Griak Invite (25:33.7) • crossed the line in fourth place (24:46.9) at the Jim Drews Invite • competed at the Big Ten championships and finished 54th overall with a time of 25:01.7 • Varsity Letter Winner.

At UW-Milwaukee: UW-Milwaukee's top runner in five of six meets • placed 62nd (32:40.78) at NCAA Great Lakes Region Championships • earned All-Horizon League Second Team honors by placing ninth in League Championships • 2009 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year • set the school record in the outdoor 5,000 meters (14:32.82) during the track season • the Horizon League 5,000m runner-up at the indoor meet, third outdoor.

High School: A 2009 graduate of Arrowhead High School • high school coaches were Mike Mulrooney and Mike Ray • named Classic-8 Boys Track Athlete of the Year • a state qualifier in both track and cross country • as a senior, placed 20th at the state cross country meet • ran with the state runner-up 4x800m relay at the track meet • also competed in the 1600m, taking fifth, and the 3200m, taking sixth• captain of 2009 Division I State Championship team for track in senior year.

Personal: Born November 13, 1990 • majoring in business marketing and education • son of Nancy Rajek and Joseph Simons • has younger siblings Anna and William • enjoys livemusic, and watching TV.


Gophers Finish 19th at NCAAs


The Gophers totaled 464 points for the 10-kilometer course at E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

Zutz Honored by USATF Minnesota


The St. Francis, Minn., native was a First Team All-Big Ten and All-Region honoree this year.

Plasencia Earns USTFCCCA Honor


Steve Plasencia has been honored as the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.

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