Aug. 29, 2012
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has ranked the Golden Gophers No. 18 nationally in its preseason poll. The USTFCCCA selected Minnesota to fourth in the Midwest region preseason poll earlier this week.
Wisconsin was selected as the preseason No. 1 with 357 total votes and 10 of 12 first-place votes. The Gophers were the third highest Big Ten team ranked in the poll with Indiana sitting at No. 13 with 206 votes.
Four Big Ten teams are listed among the top 30 in the preseason poll, with Michigan rounding out the conference's ranking one spot behind Minnesota with 131 votes. The Big Ten also had two programs receive votes outside of the top 30 in Ohio State (21 votes) and Michigan State (one vote).
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...