Nov. 9, 2012
The University of Minnesota men’s cross country team posted a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday afternoon in Springfield, Mo. Led by junior Derek Storkel’s 36th-place finish, the Gophers combined for a score of 221.
Each of the five Gophers that contributed to Minnesota’s team score crossed the finish line of the 10-kilometer course within 25 seconds of each other in another consistent effort by the squad. Storkel paced Minnesota on Friday afternoon, crossing the finish line at 31:14.33, followed seconds later by senior John Simons in 41st with a time of 31:17.43.
Senior Pieter Gagnon closed out the Gophers scoring contingency in 53rd place with a time of 31:38.42.
No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 8 Oklahoma – the two highest ranked teams in action at the regional – tied for the team championship with 45 points each. No. 19 Tulsa finished third with 47 points and featured individual winner Chris O’Hare, who paced the race with a time of 30:25.87.
‘U’ Alum Siegmeier Joins Gophers Staff
A two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, Zach Siegmeier will serve as director of operations for men's track & field and cross country.
Griak Feature: Martin Smith
Martin Smith is one of eight Roy Griak Invitational Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored at this year's meet.
Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals
Mead and Blankenship recorded the best Olympic finishes by Gophers since Staffan Strand finished sixth in the high jump for Sweden during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.