Gophers Face Tough Challenge in Madison on Friday

Go Gophers!
Hassan Mead and company will look to pick up some at-large points this Friday

Go Gophers!
Hassan Mead and company will look to pick up some at-large points this Friday
Go Gophers!

Oct. 11, 2011

The No. 17 University of Minnesota men’s cross country team will travel to Wisconsin this weekend for a pair of races. On Friday, 11 men will be competing in Madison, Wis., at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. This is a new meet to the Gophers, as in years past they would be racing at the Pre-NCAA Meet.  The 8k race, which will be taking place at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, will be set up into two different divisions, a championship race and a “B” race. The championship race is set to begin at 1:40 p.m. and the “B” race will run at 3 p.m.

On Saturday a few men will be racing at the Jim Drews Invitational. The three runners will be running an 8k race, which will take place at the Maple Grove Country Club, in West Salem, Wis. Over 20 teams from divisions I, II and III will be in attendance. The gun is set to go off at 10:30 a.m. central time.

He is Running at….

Wisconsin adidas Invitational Roster

Travis Burkstrand             
Pieter Gagnon                 
Paul Hilsen *                    
Andrew Larsen              
Hassan Mead                 
Bob Nicolls                     
Sean Olson *                      
Marcus Paulson               
Steve Sulkin *                      
Erik Truedson                   
Matt Volz *                         

*Running in the “B” Race

Tori Neubauer Invitational Roster

Blayne Dulian                    
Kevin Lachowitzer          
Derek Storkel                   


Gophers in the Polls

The men’s cross country team has been moving up in the national USTFCCCA poll. Currently the Gophers are ranked No. 17 and were preseason ranked No. 27. Minnesota still stands at No. 3 in the Midwest Regional poll behind Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

What the Gophers have done so far in 2011…

- Minnesota won the Hornet Jamboree on Sept. 10.

Pieter Gagnon earned Big Ten Runner of the Week honors after his first place finish at the Hornet Jamboree. 

- Minnesota placed third at the 2011 Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 24

Hassan Mead earned Big Ten Runner of the Week honors after his third place finish at the Griak.

- The Gophers have moved up ten spots since the preseason polls were released. Minnesota is now No. 17 in the country.

Looking Forward

Minnesota will take the next weekend off before heading to the 2011 Big Ten Championship on Sunday, October 30 at the University of Illinois Arboretum. The Gophers are fired up for this year’s championships, as last year they finished third overall and will be looking to move up a few spots.