`U' Runs at Pre-Nats, Repeats as Jim Drews Champs
Adam Zutz
Oct. 17, 2015

Link: 2015 Pre-National Meet Results

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (GopherSports.com) – Adam Zutz ran the best eight-kilometer race of his Gophers career to pace the University of Minnesota men’s cross country team in a 24th-place finish on Saturday morning at the Pre-National Meet.

The Gophers totaled 645 points in the 42-team competition at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, which will host this year’s NCAA cross country championships on Nov. 21. Two-time defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Colorado won the meet with 89 points – the only squad to break 100 on the day.

A redshirt senior captain from St. Francis, Minn., Zutz clocked a 23:53.1 on Saturday to finish 44th overall among nearly 300 competitors and improve his personal eight-kilometer record by more than 30 seconds.

“Today was a learning experience for our guys in terms of what they need to do to succeed in major Division I races,” Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia said. “Hopefully what we learned today will help us in two weeks when we go to the Big Ten meet.”

Redshirt sophomore Charlie Lawrence just missed his personal record for the Gophers, coming in at 91st with a time of 24:16.1.

The Maroon & Gold hit another personal record with Riley Macon’s 24:41.8 as the redshirt junior finished 160th, three spots ahead of sophomore Obsa Ali in 163rd at 24:42.4. Redshirt senior captain Christian Skaret closed out the team’s scoring on Saturday with a 187th-place finish and a time of 24:50.5.

Outside of Minnesota’s scoring group, Matt Welch was less than a second off his personal record at 25:21.5 to finish 255th while Sam Carlson did hit a new best at 25:28.0 in 265th.

Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin won the Pre-National Meet with a time of 23:18.2.

Gophers Repeat as Jim Drews Champions, Colvin Wins Title

Link: 2015 Jim Drews Invitational Results

ETTRICK, Wis. (GopherSports.com) – Minnesota redshirt sophomore Eric Colvin ran a personal record and added an individual title on Saturday as the Gophers repeated as team champions at UW-La Crosse’s Jim Drews Invitational.

Colvin, who won the Twin Cities 5K two weeks ago during Minnesota’s break from competition, paced the field at Ettrick Golf Club with a time of 24:42.38 for the eight-kilometer course.

Minnesota totaled 52 points in the race and placed all five scorers among the top-10 finishers.

Like Colvin, Cole O’Brien also set a new personal record, finishing fifth overall in 25:01.35 while Brad Woodford added Minnesota’s third top-10 finish of the race in 10th at 25:13.18. Wayde Hall came in 13th at 25:16.45 while Derek Wiebke clocked a 25:31.33 to finish 24th overall and 23rd among attached runners.

The Gophers return to action on Sunday, Nov. 1 with the 2015 Big Ten Cross Country Championships in Chicago.

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