Nov. 8, 2012
The Minnesota men’s cross country team heads to the NCAA Midwest Regional this Friday in Springfield, Mo. Missouri State hosts this year’s event at the Missouri State Cross Country Course with 30 men’s teams including four nationally ranked squads set for competition.
The day's events will begin at noon with the women's 6K championship race, and will continue at 1:15 p.m. with the men's 10K championship race. The 2012 Regional will feature 30 men's teams, 35 women's teams and a total of 604 student-athletes who will attempt to advance to nationals.
The top two teams in each race and the top four individuals in each race not on an advancing team will automatically move on to the next round. The top two teams from each of the nine regional races will automatically advance to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. Thirteen additional teams will receive at large bids based on a points system.
Minnesota is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago in East Lansing, Mich. The Gophers also recorded the program’s first-ever team win at the Roy Griak Invitational this year and finished second to nationally ranked BYU at the Autumn Classic.
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