Aug. 27, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Aug. 27, 2012 - The Minnesota men's cross country team has been selected to finish fourth in the Midwest region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), according to a preseason rankings release from the organization on Monday morning.
The USTFCCCA selected Oklahoma State to finish first in the region followed by Oklahoma, Tulsa and the Gophers - mirroring the final results of last year's regional event. Hassan Mead finished first overall for the Gophers in last year's race - earning his second career NCAA Midwest Region Title - to help Minnesota earn its 14th NCAA championship appearance. Mead would once again pace the Gophers in the final run of the season while 2012 returners Pieter Gagnon and Andrew Larsenalso added top-100 finishes for Minnesota.
Minnesota kicks off the 2012 season - the 17th season under Director of Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Steve Plasencia - on Sept. 7 with the Oz Memorial at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.
Plasencia Named U.S. Junior Cross Country Coach
True freshmen Hamza Ali and Nick Rink will also represent the U.S. in international competition next month.
Gophers Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Led by eight Academic All-Big Ten honorees, the Gophers recorded a cumulative team grade point average of 3.43 – the program’s highest team GPA on record dating back to 1999.
Ali Qualifies for World Championships
A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Ali entered the meet having set a Gophers record to win the Twin Cities 5K earlier this year (14:47) and also picked up an individual title at the Fall...