Gophers Finish Fifth at Big Ten Championships

Go Gophers!
John Simons

Go Gophers!
John Simons
Go Gophers!

Oct. 28, 2012

Full Results

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Minnesota men’s cross country team posted a fifth-place finish with141 team points at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday afternoon. John Simons paced the Gophers with an 11th-place finish.

Simons was the first Gopher to cross the finish line of the 8,000 meter course on Sunday, doing so in 24:09. Pieter Gagnon led a three-man contingency of Gophers across the line moments later, finishing the day in 26th with a time of 24:31. Behind Gagnon were teammates Derek Storkel in 30th at 24:34 and Andrew Larsen in 32nd with a time of 24:35. Marcus Paulson closed out Minnesota’s scoring at the Big Ten Championships in 42nd with a time of 24:45.

Outside of the Minnesota scoring group, Travis Burkstrand posted a time of 24:48 – three seconds behind Paulson – to finish the day one spot back of his teammate. Adam Zutz crossed the finish line in 51st-place with a time of 24:57.

Wisconsin picked up its 14th-straight team title on Sunday with a final tally of 33 points including four runners in the top 10. Indiana’s Zachary Mayher took home individual honors with a time of 23:30.

The Big Ten Network will the race on tape-delay on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 8:00 a.m. CT.

Minnesota continues the 2012 campaign next month at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 9 in Springfield, Mo.

Golden Gopher Finishes
11. John Simons (24:09)

26. Pieter Gagnon (24:31)

30. Derek Storkel (24:34)

32. Andrew Larsen (24:35)

42. Marcus Paulson (24:45)

(43.) Travis Burkstrand (24:48)

(51.) Adam Zutz (24:57)