Nov. 3, 2011
Tomorrow seven members of the Minnesota Men’s cross country team will be running at the Fall Finale in Collegeville, Minn. The race is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Radio Tower Fields in Collegeville and the course will be marked as an 8k.
Last Time Out
The Gophers finished in a tie for third at the 2011 Big Ten Championships over the weekend. All nine runners set a new personal best time.
Senior All-American Hassan Mead finished fourth overall with a time of 23:29. Pieter Gagnon and Andrew Larsen finished 16th and 17th respectively. The pair clocked in at 24:17 and it was second time in a row that they each finished with the same time.
Marcus Paulson clocked in at 24:31 for 29th place, while Erik Truedson finished with a time of 24:40, which was good for 38th place. Rounding out the top seven for Minnesota were Steve Sulkin (49th 24:53) and Travis Burkstrand (56th 25:14).
First Team All-Big Ten for Mead
Senior All-American Hassan Mead’s fourth place finish earned him a spot on the Big Ten Conference First Team All-Conference list.
Hilsen Sportsmanship Award Winner
Senior Paul Hilsen was named to the Sportsmanship Award List for 2011.
Hilsen, who is a native of Lakeville, Minn., has raced in four races for the Gophers this season. His best finish on an 8k course came at this past weekend’s Big Ten Championships after he covered the course in 25:19. It was Hilsen’s personal best for the season, as he helped the Gophers finish third, at this year’s conference championships.
To be named to this list, student-athletes were chosen as individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The student-athlete must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
The Gophers will race next at the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday November 12, in DeKalb, Ill. Northern Illinois will be hosting this year's event where 33Midwest Division I cross country programs will compete. Race time is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. CST.
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NCAA Midwest Regional Social Media Contest
Northern Illinois cross country is offering prizes for social media users who use Twitter. Start to connect with the NCAA Regional Championship being hosted by NIU on November 12.
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Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC
Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships
Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.
Catching Up with Coach
GopherSports.com caught up with Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia to talk about all things Maroon & Gold.