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.
Gophers Finish 19th at NCAAs
The Gophers totaled 464 points for the 10-kilometer course at E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.
Zutz Honored by USATF Minnesota
The St. Francis, Minn., native was a First Team All-Big Ten and All-Region honoree this year.
Plasencia Earns USTFCCCA Honor
Steve Plasencia has been honored as the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.