The Maroon & Gold finished fourth at the Big Ten championships, totaling 119 points behind three All-Big Ten runners.
The Maroon & Gold finished 22nd among the talented field, totaling 540 points.
Welch, a redshirt junior from Proctor, Minn., battled his way to a second-place finish at Les Bolstad Golf Course
Minnesota finished second in the four-mile race with 51 points, trailing only No. 10 Wisconsin at 25 points.
Throughout camp, GopherSports.com will have regular reports coming directly from members of the team.
Wayde Hall Photo Gallery
• 10 career races
• Two career top-10 finishes
2015 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
Competed in four races for the Gophers • ran a personal record for a six-kilometer course at 19:24.8 to finish 11th at the Fall Finale • clocked a 26:18.7 at the Griak Invitational, coming in 67th • helped the Gophers repeat as Jim Drews Invitational team champions with a 13th-place finish and a time of 25:16.45 • closed out the season with a sixth-place finish at the Fall Finale, crossing the finish line at 25:56.
2014 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Competed in three races for the Gophers and helped the team to a pair of wins • factored into the team's score in one meet • opened the season at the UC Riverside Invitational and helped the Gophers to a team title • set a new personal eight-kilometer record at the California meet with a time of 24:41.9, finishing 16th • finished 88th in the Griak Invitational with a time of 26:21.2 · finished 23rd with a time of 25:43.82 at the Jim Drews Invitational.
2013 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted the 2013 cross country season • ran as an unattached competitor at the Oz Memorial, the Griak Invitational and the Fall Finale • opened the season with a 15th-place finish at the Oz Memorial and a time of 19:58.7 • came in 74th at the Griak Invitational, clocking a time of 25:31.2 • finished sixth at the Fall Finale to close out the season, crossing the finish line at 25:57.
A 2012 graduate of Stillwater Area High School • won the 2012 Minnesota Class 2AA state title as an individual and helped Stillwater to back-to-back state titles in his junior and senior seasons of cross country • posted a winning time of 15:21.00 at the 2012 state meet • earned a total seven individual titles in 2012 including top honors at the 2012 Suburban East Conference Championships and the 2012 Minnesota Section 4AA Championships • also helped the Ponies track & field program to state titles in 2012 and 2010 • ran for coach Scott Christensen • high school teammate of current Gopher Eric Colvin • earned a total of 11 athletic letters as a prep (four in cross country, four in track, three in wrestling) • served as team captain for cross country, track & field and wrestling.
Born on Sept. 7, 1994 • son of Tony and Jennifer Hall • plans to major in sport management.
|Hall's Career Bests|
|8K||24:41.9||UC Riverside Invitational (Sept. 14, 2014)|
|6K||19:24.8||Oz Memorial (Sept. 11, 2015)|
|Finish||6th||Fall Finale (Nov. 8 2013)/Fall Finale (Nov. 6, 2015)|
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.