Derek Storkel
Derek Storkel


Tomah, Wis.

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Gophers Host 29th Annual Griak Invitational

The 2014 Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition is set for 12:20 p.m. on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course.


Gophers Kick Off Season with Oz Memorial

The Gopher men will run Friday at 7 p.m. CT at Les Bolstad Golf Course.


Larsen, Storkel Earn All-Region Honors

Larsen and Storkel are the first Gophers to earn All-Regional honors since 2010 when Ben Blankenship, Mike Torchia and Pieter Gagnon earned distinction.


Gophers End Season After Regional

Minnesota was led by a pair of senior captains who earned NCAA All-Region honors in Ames in Andrew Larsen (18th, 30:51.6) and Derek Storkel (23rd, 31:02.7).


Gophers Tie for Fifth at NCAA Regional

The Gophers were led by their three senior captains -- Andrew Larsen, Derek Storkel and John Simons.

Golden Gopher Career Notes:Will serve as one of three team captains as a senior in 2013 • competed in the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships as a true freshman.

2012• Junior Season: Competed in five races for the Gophers and factored into Minnesota's scoring in all five events• made his season debut at the Autumn Classic, finishing 18th overall with a time of 20:48.9• added a 16th-place performance at the Griak Invitational, crossing the finish line at 25:11.4• clocked his personal best eight-kilometer race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, recording a time of 24:20• finished 30th overall at the Big Ten Championship with a time of 24:34• led Minnesota at the NCAA Midwest Regional, recording a 36th-place finish and a time of 31:14.33• letter winner.

2011 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Did not compete.

2010 • Sophomore Season: Redshirted.

2009 • Freshman Season: Gave up a reshirt season to run in the championship portion of the season • helped Gophers to a 24th-place showing at NCAA Championships • Gophers' number-six runner at NCAA (32:57.3) and NCAA Midwest Region Championships (33:01.7) • Gophers' fifth runner (26:41.9), 44th overall, at Big Ten Championships • varsity letterwinner.

High School: A 2009 graduate of Tomah High School • high school coaches were Bruce Luebke, Becky Baures and Eric Eswien • the 2008 Wisconsin Division 1 cross country champion (15:26.1) • runner-up in 2007, 13th in 2006 • Mississippi Valley Runner of the Year as a junior and senior • four-time all-state honoree in track • state runner-up in the 1,600 meters (4:14.42) and third in 3,200 meters (9:10.73) as a senior • honor student.

Personal: Born Feb. 13, 1991 • intends to major in kinesiology • parents are Ryan and Christine Storkel • has siblings Sam, Courtney and Samantha • hobbies include hunting and fishing.


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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.

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