Nov. 9, 2012
The Minnesota cross country team finished third at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Springfield, Mo., Friday afternoon. Favored Iowa State won with 63 points, and Oklahoma State (95) edged out the Golden Gophers (96) for second place by one point. Minnesota must wait to find out if it will receive one of 13 at-large bids to the NCAA Championships.
A trio of Gophers earned All-Region honors this afternoon. Sophomore Molly Kayfes led the team with an eighth-place finish individually. Her time was 20:47.87. Laura Docherty (16th in 21:11.10) and Ashlie Decker (20th in 21:23.12) also made the All-Region roster.
Maggie Bollig (27th in 21:33.99) and Katie Moraczewski (30th in 21:37.25) finished close together to round out the Gophers’ scoring. Liz Berkholtz (50th in 21:59.26) and Rachel Drake (57th in 22:01.47) also competed for Minnesota.
The Gophers will likely find out in the next few days whether or not they will compete at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17.
"In 45 years of coaching, I have had some wonderful kids, but this team has made my last year very special," head coach Gary Wilson said. "Not only have they done a great job on the course, but they have been a true joy for me to work with off the course. Also, we would not be the program we are today without my two wonderful assistant coaches in Sarah Hesser and Nikki Swenson. They are rock stars on every level."