Minnesota celebrated the 2016 cross country season with its annual team awards banquet Sunday
Thirteen Gophers have been honored by the Big Ten Conference for academics this fall
Minnesota wrapped up the 2016 season with Madeline Strandemo representing the team at the NCAA Championship
Three Gophers placed among the top-12 individual finishers to lead Minnesota at the Midwest Regional
Bailey Ness' primary individual goal for the rest of the season is to help the Gophers get back to the NCAA Championship
Gophers take 4th
Photo gallery for women's cross country student-athlete Bailey Ness.
Photos from the 2014 Big Ten Cross Country Championship hosted by the University of Iowa. Photos by Walt Middleton.
2016 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran in six meets this season • finished among Minnesota’s top eight runners at all six meets, including four top-five finishes • ran a career-best 6K time of 21:20.6 as the fourth Gopher in 52nd place overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional • ran a career-best 5K time of 17:56.5 at the Notre Dame Invitational • placed 42nd overall as the fifth Gopher at the Big Ten Championship (22:20.7) • ended the season ranked 36th on Minnesota’s all-time top-50 6K performers list (21:20.6).
2015 • Sophomore Season: Ran unattached at four races.
2014 • Freshman Season: Ran six races • finished as the overall runner-up at the Oz Memorial, racing unattached (22:32.7) • made her Gopher debut at the BYU Autumn Classic three-mile, finishing 16th overall and seventh on the team in 18:43.6 • finished fourth on the team at the Griak Invitational in 22:25.2 • finished sixth for the Gophers and eighth overall at the SDSU Classic 5K in 18:14.54 • led the Gophers in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, running a career-best 21:40 for 22nd place overall • finished eighth for Minnesota at the Big Ten Championships in 22:07.8 for 86th overall • named an alternate for the NCAA Midwest Regional and NCAA Championships.
High School: A 2014 graduate of East Ridge High School • 11-time letterwinner in cross country (six) and track & field (five) • two-time all-state and five-time All-Suburban East Conference honoree in cross country • finished 21st at the 2013 Minnesota Class AA state cross country championship to lead East Ridge to a state runner-up team finish • 2013 and 2011 Suburban East Conference cross country champion • two-time Minnesota Class AA state track & field championship participant in the 4x800m relay, taking 14th as a junior and fourth as a senior • three-time All-Suburban East Conference honoree in track & field • 2011 Suburban East Conference champion in the 3,200m • holds East Ridge school records in the 4K (13:58), mile (5:13), two-mile (10:57), and 4x800m relay (9:22) • placed 37th at 2013 Nike Cross Nationals in 18:15.3 • academic all-state honoree.
Personal: Born June 12, 1996 • daughter of Laura and Lloyd Ness • has one older brother, Ryan, who ran cross country and track at Minnesota State • father ran cross country and track at Minnesota from 1980-82 • major is retail merchandising.
|Ness's Postseason Appearances|
|Year||Big Tens||Midwest Regional||NCAA Championship|
|2016||42nd, 22:20.7||52nd, 21:20.6||DNC|
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