Nov. 12, 2011
NCAA Midwest Results
Stephanie Price finished sixth overall to lead Minnesota to a third-place finishing at the 2011 Midwest Cross Country Regional Saturday afternoon. Price covered the 6k course in 21:08.11 to finish as the top Big Ten runner in the competition.
Conditions made it a slow day on the course, but the Gophers fought hard all race according to assistant coach Sarah Hesser.
Iowa State won the overall team title with 64 points and had four top-10 finishers. Oklahoma State placed in second with 119 points.
Both Iowa State and Oklahoma State automatically advance to next weekend's NCAA Championships. The Gophers will have to wait to see if they will be awarded the at-large bid to join the field. Minnesota's strong finish, however, has them in a good position to qualify.
"We finished ahead of Iowa today, which should put us in a good spot to make the field," said Hesser.
Price was in eighth place at the 2k mark and was less than one second behind the leader. She kicked it into gear at the 5k point and moved herself into sixth place and would keep that spot for the last 1k.
Ashlie Decker ran 21:29.17 to finish 12th overall, with Molly Kayfes clocked in at 21:49.79 to take 27th. Katie Moraczewski finished 35th (22:08.21), Rachel Drake was 56th (22:30.16), Cassy Opitz 58th (22:30.71) and Laura Docherty rounded out the Gopher lineup with a time of 23:10.45.
"Ashlie Decker really had one of the best performances of her career today," said Hesser. "She took 12th and fought hard."
Both Price and Decker were named to the All-Region Performance list for their performance today.
The announcement of the NCAA field will be made by 6 p.m. CST tomorrow night. Check back on gophersports.com for updates.
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