The Gophers totaled 464 points for the 10-kilometer course at E. P.
With a runner-up finish, Minnesota will send its full squad to the national championships for the first time since 2011.
The men's 10-kilometer race is set for 1 p.m. CT while the women's six-kilometer race starts at 12 p.m. CT.
Zutz's time was the fifth fastest eight-kilometer performance in University of Minnesota history.
The Gophers hit five new personal records for eight-kilometer courses on Saturday between the two meets.
Matt Welch Photo Gallery
Nine career races • two top-10 finishes.
2015 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
Opened the season at the Bill Timmons Dual Classic, helping the Gophers win a team title • clocked a 19:35.9 to finish ninth at the six-kilometer race. • Placed 29th and 5th on the team at the 2015 Roy Griak Invitational with a time of 25:41.1. • Finished the Louisville DI Pre-Nationals with a time of 25:21.5. • Set a new career best at the Big Ten Championship, running the 8k in 24:47.7. • Finished the 10k at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a time of 31:25.2. • At the NCAA Championship, finished with a time of 33:09.2.
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 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 fivetop-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 runn-erup 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|
|8K||24:47.7||Big Ten Championship (Nov. 1, 2015)|
|6K||19:34.9||Bill Timmons Dual Classic (Sept. 1, 2015)|
|Finish||2nd||Fall Finale (Nov. 7, 2014)|
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.