Gophers Ready for NCAA Midwest Regional Minnesota ranked No. 3 in the Midwest and will race at Noon on Saturday
Hassan Mead and the Gophers will run at the NCAA Midwest Regional this Saturday
Nov. 9, 2011
THIS WEEK The No. 21 Minnesota men's cross country team is set to compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional. The event will be held Saturday in DeKalb, Ill.
2011 NCAA MIDWEST REGIONAL The NCAA Midwest Regional will be hosted by the Northern Illinois University. The men's 10K race is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. before the women's 6K race at 1:15 p.m. The top two teams from every region will advance automatically to the national meet. The rest of the 31-team field (13 at-large) will be announced on Sunday, no later than 6 p.m. CT.
LAST YEAR AT THE MIDWEST REGIONAL Minnesota finished third a year ago at the Regional behind Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Gophers scored 119 points behind the Sooners 43 and Cowboys 50.
IN THE RANKINGS Minnesota is currently ranked No.3 in the USTFCCCA Regional rankings. Oklahoma State sits at the top and Oklahoma is No 2.
SPORTSMANSHIP HONOREES Junior Paul Hilson named as a 2011 Big Ten sportsmanship honorees. Athletes named to the list are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
GOODBYE 8K AND HELLO 10K From here on out the final races for Minnesota will be marked at 10K race opposed to an 8-kilometer.
MEAD BACK AT THE REGIONAL The last time senior All-American Hassan Mead ran at the Midwest Regional he came home with the individual title. Mead won the crown back in 2009 in Springfield, Mo after covering the 10K course in 30:31.9.
The 2011 NCAA Championships will be held on Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. The Gophers will need to finish first or second to automatically make the 31-team field. If not they will rely on points accumulated in early season races to be awarded an at-large bid to the Championships.