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.
Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC
Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships
Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.
Catching Up with Coach
GopherSports.com caught up with Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia to talk about all things Maroon & Gold.