Oct. 4, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Among some of the top teams in the nation yet again, the University of Minnesota men’s cross country team finished fourth on Friday afternoon at the Notre Dame Invitational.
The Gophers posted a team total of 155 points on Friday, behind No. 30 Columbia (113), No. 7 Tulsa (124) and No. 9 Princeton (147) in first, second and third, respectively. Among the field of competitors behind the Gophers were nationally ranked teams including No. 16 Colorado State, No. 21 New Mexico, No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 24 Virginia and No. 26 Florida State.
For the second week in a row, senior John Simons paced the Gophers with a fourth-place finish. Simons crossed the line at 24:31.7 for his fastest eight-kilometer time of the season after placing sixth at the Griak Invitational last weekend.
Not far behind, a trio of Gophers finished in the mid-30s of the individual race to further boost Minnesota’s team score. Adam Zutz finished 34th with a time of 25:03.8 with Andrew Larsen and Steve Sulkin coming in 36th and 37th, respectively. Larsen posted a time of 25:05.0 while Sulkin came in at 25:06.4.
Gophers’ junior Blayne Dulian rounded out the scoring contingency in 44th place with a time of 25:11.7.
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