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)
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