FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - The Minnesota men's cross country team posted a fourth-place finish at the 2012 Oz Memorial on Friday afternoon in Falcon Heights, Minn. The Gophers opened the 2012 campaign with a combined team total of 90 points while Minnesota State, Mankato took home team honors with 50 combined points.
Redshirt freshman Alex Brend paced the Gophers with time of 19:23.40 to finish sixth in the overall in the men's race. Sophomore Blayne Dulian and redshirt freshman Christian Skaretalso posted top 15 finishes for the Gophers. Dulian crossed the finish line in 19:40.61 to finish 12th while Skaret came in at 19:47.25 for a 14th-place finish.
Brett Egan of Northern Iowa took home top individual honors with a time of 18:53.50. South Dakota State finished second in the team standings with a score of 68 while Drake finished third with 73 points. Northern Iowa posted 100 team points to finish fifth while Minnesota Duluth ended the day in sixth with 126 points.
The Gophers return to action next Friday with the Autumn Classic in Provo, Utah before hosting the 27th annual Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 29 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights.
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