The Maroon & Gold combined for 205 points at Friday’s 10-kilometer race in Iowa City, Iowa.
The women's six-kilometer race is slated for 11 a.m. CT with the men's 10-kilometer competition following at noon.
The Maroon & Gold finished fourth at the Big Ten championships, totaling 119 points behind three All-Big Ten runners.
Fourteen women's teams and 12 men's teams will toe the line at Les Bolstad Course for the 2016 Big Ten Cross Country Championship on Sunday.
The Maroon & Gold finished 22nd among the talented field, totaling 540 points.
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• 10 career races
• Two top-10 finishes
• Letter winner (2015)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2015)
2015 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
Ran in six races for the Gophers including his Big Ten and NCAA debuts • started the campaign at the Bob Timmons Dual Classic with a ninth-place finish and a new personal record for a six-kilometer race of 19:34.9 as Minnesota won the team title • factored into the Gophers' team score at the Griak Invitational with a 29th-place showing and a time of 25:41.1 • ran 25:21.5 at the Pre-National Meet to finish 255th • recorded a new personal record for an eight-kilometer course in his debut at the Big Ten meet, clocking a 24:47.7 to finish 59th • ran 31:25.2 to finish 56th at the NCAA Midwest Regional as the Gophers posted a runner-up finish, advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2011 • finished 243rd at the NCAA Championships, clocking a 33:09.2 • Academic All-Big Ten • earned first letter
2014 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Ran in four races for the Gophers and helped Minnesota pick up three team wins • made his collegiate debut at the UC Riverside Invitational and posted a then personal eight-kilometer record at the meet • clocked a 25:21.2 to finish 45th overall, helping Minnesota to a team title at the California race • finished 161st in the Griak Invitational with a time of 27:09.9 • came in 33rd at the Jim Drews Invitational with a time of 26:01.29 • placed second at the 2014 Fall Finale with a time of 25:25.
2013 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted the 2013 cross country season.
A 2012 graduate of Proctor High School • the 2012 Minnesota state cross country champion • a two-time first team all-state honoree • the 2012-13 Gatorade Minnesota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year • also posted five top-10 performances at the state track & field meet for his career including a runner-up mark in the 3,200 meters as a junior and a runner-up mark in the 4x800 as a sophomore • holds the Proctor High School records for the 3,200 meters and the 4x800 • won a total of six conference titles in cross country and track & field • ran for head coach Lowell Harnell at Proctor • earned a total of 10 athletic letters as a prep (four in cross country, four in track, two in nordic sking)
Born on Dec. 4, 1994 • son Mark of and Jacqui Welch • has three brothers (Ben, Zach and Jake) • major is undecided.
|Welch's Career Bests|
|10K||31:25.2||NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 13, 2015)|
|8K||24:47.7||Big Ten Championships (Nov. 1, 2015)|
|6K||19:34.9||Bob Timmons Dual Classic (Sept. 1, 2015)|
|Finish||2nd||Fall Finale (Nov. 7, 2014)|
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.