Oct. 28, 2012
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)
Wieland, Wiebke Earn Academic All-America
A three-time Academic All-American, Wieland represented the Maroon & Gold on the Second Team while Wiebke picked up his first career honor as a Third Team selection.
Mead Wins USATF 10,000 Meters
Mead’s title on Friday snapped Galen Rupp’s streak of eight consecutive USATF 10,000 meter championships.
Six Gophers Set for USATF Championships
The best track & field athletes in the country will compete to qualify for the IAAF World Championships to be held in London Aug. 4-13.