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.
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Catching Up with Coach
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