The NCAA Midwest Regional is 26 hours away, and the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Assocatioin continued its preview coverage of all the regional competition today. The USTFCCCA expects host No. 7 Iowa State and the No. 16 Gophers to claim the two automatic bids, as the regional rankings indicate. From the USTFCCCA preview:
"The No. 7 Iowa State women enter as three-time defending region champions, and are the top-ranked team in this year's field. Led by Big 12 runner-up Crystal Nelson and seven top-20 finishers, the Cyclones won the conference by nearly 70 points over Texas, 35-104. Iowa State was also fifth in a very strong Wisconsin adidas Invitational field. No. 16 Minnesota is the only other nationally ranked team in the region and is in position to take one of the automatic bids, per the region rankings. The Golden Gophers were eighth at Wisconsin as one of only four teams with six or more top-80 finishers, led by 45th-place Molly Kayfes, and were third at the Big Ten Championships behind No. 6 Michigan State and No. 14 Michigan, 43-55-68."
Here are the links to catch up on all of the regional meets around the country:
The Warm-Up Lap (Part 1/3): East Coast Regions in DI and DIII
The Warm-Up Lap (Part 2/3): Midwestern/South Regions in Divisions I & III
The Warm-Up Lap (Part 3/3): Western Regionals in Divisions I & III