Aug 27, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota men's cross country team will open the 2013 season ranked sixth in the Midwest Region, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Cross Country Preseason Regional Rankings released this week.
Defending national champion Oklahoma State sits first in the Midwest Region preseason poll this year followed by Tulsa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and the Gophers. Oklahoma, Iowa State, Southern Illinois and Loyola-Chicago round out the top ten.
USTFCCA regional cross country rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning team strength with current-season results in determining predicted team finishes at the NCAA Regional Championships (the 2013 NCAA Midwest Regional is hosted by Iowa State on Nov. 15 in Ames, Iowa).
Minnesota opens the 2013 season -- the 18th campaign under Director of Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia -- on Sept. 6 at the Oz Memorial before the 28th annual Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 28. Both home meets for the Gophers will be held 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...