Gophers Finish Seventh at NCAA Midwest Regional

Go Gophers! Derek Storkel
Go Gophers!
Derek Storkel
Go Gophers!

Nov. 9, 2012

Full Results

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.

Junior Andrew Larsen just edged teammate and redshirt freshman Adam Zutz for 45th in the race. Larsen posted a time of 31:28.24 while Zutz came in one spot back of his teammate in 46th at 31:28.76.

Senior Pieter Gagnon closed out the Gophers scoring contingency in 53rd place with a time of 31:38.42.

Also running for Minnesota in the event were freshman Josh Thorson (81st, 32:33.25) and senior Travis Burkstrand (129th, 33:25.28).

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.