Steve Plasencia has led the Gophers to three NCAA regional titles and 14 NCAA championship appearances.
Purdue will host this year's conference championship with the men's race scheduled for 9:45 a.m. CT on Sunday.
The Gophers return to action on Nov. 3 with the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.
Minnesota will run at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and the Jim Drews Invitational on Saturday.
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.
2012 Junior Season:Competed in three events for the Gophers in 2012 opened the season at the Autumn Classic, finishing 34th overall with a time of 24:34.3 clocked a 25:40.2 at the Roy Griak Invitational to finish 35th overall closed out his season at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, posting a time of 25:10 Academic All-Big Ten honoree letter winner.
2011: Raced four meets represented Minnesota at the Big Ten Championships, running 25:38 posted 26:30 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite ran his best 8k at the Roy Griak Invitational (25:02.40), good for fourth among the Gophers finished the Hornet Jamboree 4-mile in 19:53
2009-2010 Competed at the University of Oklahoma: Qualified for NCAA Nationals with the sqaud after running a 14:14 in the 5K at the Stanford Invite Competed at the Adidas Invitational recording a personal best time of 25:08 on the 8,000 meter course.
High School: A 2009 graduate of Regis Jesuit High School high school coach was Bob Nicolls (father) earned four letters in cross country and track/field three-time MVP and three year captain ran a 4:18 in the mile and a 9:03 in the two mile finished fourth at the state meet junior and senior seasons.
Personal:Enrolled at Minnesota in the winter of 2011 born on November 21, 1990 son of Bob and Kathy Nicolls has twin sister Marieta and younger brother Danny majoring in finance enjoys to ski, bike and work Deans List at Oklahoma and winter 2011 at Minnesota.
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.