Steve Plasencia has led the Gophers to three NCAA regional titles and 14 NCAA championship appearances.
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.
Derek Storkel paced Minnesota in 36th place.
2012 Freshman Season: Made his Minnesota debut at the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regional finished 81st overall in the 10-kilometer race with a time of 32:33.25 letter winner.
High School: Graduated from Wayzata High School in 2012 high school coach was Bill Miles the 2011-12 Gatorade Minnesota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year the 2011 Minnesota Class AA State Champion posted a winning time of 15:29.9 in his final state championship appearance three-time First Team All-State selection finished sixth at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships in 2011 with a time of 15:38.5 earned individual medalist honors at the 2011 Classic Lake Conference Championships with a time of 15:47.50 and the 2011 Minnesota Section 6AA Championships with a time of 15:35.40 also competed on Wayzata's track & field team, earning the 2012 state title in the 3200m and runner-up honors in the 1600m.
Personal: Born on Nov. 29, 1993 son of Dan and Kathryn Thorson.
Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition Preview
Sixteen NCAA Division I programs and more than 200 competitors will line up to start the Merrill Fischbein Men’s Gold Competition on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Roy Griak Invitational.
Gophers Host Griak Invitational on Saturday
The Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition is set for 12:10 p.m. CT at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.
Gophers Remember Steve Hoag
Hoag was a team captain, an All-American and a Big Ten champion for the Maroon & Gold, competing in cross country and track.