June 20, 2013
The Golden Gopher women's cross country team announced its 2013 schedule, which will include five home meets. Minnesota will look to extend its streak of eight consecutive NCAA Championships appearances.
The Gophers will kick off their season with an intrasquad meet at Les Bolstad Golf Course (Falcon Heights, Minn.) on Aug. 30 after they return from training camp. The next week, on Sept. 6, Minnesota will host the Oz Memorial in memory of longtime Drake coach Gary Osborn.
The 28th edition of the Roy Griak Invitational, one of the largest one-day meets in the country, will take place Saturday, Sept. 28. The women's Division I race starts at 12:20 p.m.
Minnesota will split the squad on Oct. 4 for the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invite and South Dakota State Invite, and on Oct. 19 for the Wisconsin Adidas Invite and UW-La Crosse's Tori Neubauer Invite.
The Gophers will host Jack's Twilight Run on Oct. 28 in memory of equipment manager Jack Johnson. The race is open to the public and raises money for charitable causes.
This year's Big Ten Championships host is Purdue. The conference meet takes place Nov. 3.
Minnesota's final home meet of the fall, Rocky's Run, is set for Nov. 10. The open race honors the memory of former Gopher runner Rochelle "Rocky" Racette and raises money for a scholarship in her name.
Minnesota will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 16, when they will try to earn a trip to Terre Haute, Ind., for the NCAA Championships (Nov. 23).
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