Steve Plasencia has led the Gophers to three NCAA regional titles and 14 NCAA championship appearances.
Notre Dame's Burke Golf Course hosts the event with some of the most highly touted programs in the nation set to compete in the men's race.
Derek Storkel paced Minnesota in 36th place.
2012 Freshman Season: Made his Minnesota debut at the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regional finished 81st overall in the 10-kilometer race with a time of 32:33.25 letter winner.
High School: Graduated from Wayzata High School in 2012 high school coach was Bill Miles the 2011-12 Gatorade Minnesota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year the 2011 Minnesota Class AA State Champion posted a winning time of 15:29.9 in his final state championship appearance three-time First Team All-State selection finished sixth at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships in 2011 with a time of 15:38.5 earned individual medalist honors at the 2011 Classic Lake Conference Championships with a time of 15:47.50 and the 2011 Minnesota Section 6AA Championships with a time of 15:35.40 also competed on Wayzata's track & field team, earning the 2012 state title in the 3200m and runner-up honors in the 1600m.
Personal: Born on Nov. 29, 1993 son of Dan and Kathryn Thorson.
Welch, Ali Lead Gophers at Griak
Welch, a redshirt junior from Proctor, Minn., battled his way to a second-place finish at Les Bolstad Golf Course.
2016 Griak Invitational Race Recaps
The Gophers host the 31st annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Course on Saturday.
Griak: Men's Gold Competition
The Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition is set to run at 12:20 p.m. CT on Saturday, Sept 24 at Les Bolstad Golf Course.