Northwestern hosts this year's conference meet at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course.
The 2014 Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition is set for 12:20 p.m. on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course.
The Gopher men will run Friday at 7 p.m. CT at Les Bolstad Golf Course.
The Gophers were led by their three senior captains -- Andrew Larsen, Derek Storkel and John Simons.
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.
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.
Griak Feature: Martin Smith
Martin Smith is one of eight Roy Griak Invitational Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored at this year's meet.
Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals
Mead and Blankenship recorded the best Olympic finishes by Gophers since Staffan Strand finished sixth in the high jump for Sweden during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Blankenship Punches Ticket to Olympic Final
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.