Oct. 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – The No. 16 University of Minnesota men’s cross country team finished tied for 22nd with Washington in an elite field on Friday at the adidas Invitational in Madison. In the team’s final meet before the Big Ten championships later this month, the Gophers combined for 542 team points.
Senior Pieter Gagnon and junior Andrew Larsen paced Minnesota, both crossing the finish line at 24:13 in the 8-kilometer race. Gagnon narrowly bested his teammate, posting an 80th-place finish while Larson finished two spots back in 82nd.
Junior Derek Storkel crossed the finish line seven seconds later at 24:20 to finish in 113th while senior John Simons, who led the Gophers contingency to the program’s first-ever Griak title two weeks ago, came in at 116th with a time of 24:22.
Sophomore Marcus Paulson closed out Minnesota’s scoring on Friday with a time of 24:29 – crossing the finish line in 151st place.
Stanford captured the team title on Friday with 135 team points. Lawi Lalang of Arizona took home individual honors with a time of 23:03.
Plasencia Named U.S. Junior Cross Country Coach
True freshmen Hamza Ali and Nick Rink will also represent the U.S. in international competition next month.
Gophers Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Led by eight Academic All-Big Ten honorees, the Gophers recorded a cumulative team grade point average of 3.43 – the program’s highest team GPA on record dating back to 1999.
Ali Qualifies for World Championships
A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Ali entered the meet having set a Gophers record to win the Twin Cities 5K earlier this year (14:47) and also picked up an individual title at the Fall...