Gophers Face Nations Best Tomorrow in Madison

Go Gophers!
Molly Kayfes has had a good start to 2011 and hopes to continue it on Friday in Madison

Go Gophers!
Molly Kayfes has had a good start to 2011 and hopes to continue it on Friday in Madison
Go Gophers!

Oct. 13, 2011

The No. 21 University of Minnesota women’s cross country team will travel to Wisconsin this weekend for a pair of races. On Friday, the top 14 women will be competing in Madison, Wis., at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. This is a new meet for the Gophers, as in years past they would be racing at the Pre-NCAA Meet.  The 6k race will take place at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course and will have two different divisions, a championship race and a “B” race. The championship race is set to begin at 1p.m. and the “B” race will run at 2:20 p.m. Both races will be covered on flotrack.org.

On Saturday, the Gophers second group will race at the Tori Neubauer Invitational.  This meet holds a special place for Coach Wilson as he coached Tori Neubauer to several national titles while at UW-La Crosse.  25 teams from upper midwest will toe the line at 11:30 a.m. central time.

 

Set to Race at Madison…

Air Force
#14 Arizona
Arizona State
Boston College
#27 BYU
#10 Cal
#30 Clemson
#22 Florida
Georgia
Harvard
Illinois
Indiana
#23 Iowa
#9 Iowa State
James Madison
Kansas
#15 Michigan State
Nebraska
#7 New Mexico
Northern Arizona
#13 North Carolina
NC State
Northwestern
#25 Notre Dame
Ohio State
#12 Oregon
#28 Princeton
#2 Providence
Purdue
San Francisco
#6 Stanford
Stony Brook
#8 Syracuse
Texas A&M
Toledo
UCLA
Vanderbilt
#1 Villanova
#24 Washington
William & Mary
Wisconsin

 

Want to Get the Inside Scoop From Madison?

As said before FloTrack will be covering the races on Friday. Check out http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/240308-Wisconsin-adidas-XC-Invitational-2011 for coverage from Madison.

 

How the Gophers Split the Squad

Wisconsin adidas Invitational Roster

Maggie Bollig *
Ashlie Decker *
Laura Docherty *
Rachel Drake                     
Molly Kayfes *
Mikaya Larson             
Katie Moraczewski *                
Cassy Opitz                     
Paige Orcutt                      
Stephanie Price *
Andrea Rediger             
Claire Rindo                      
Annie Talajkowski                   
Missa Varpness *

*Running in the Championship race

Tori Neubauer Invitational

Abby Anderson
Heather Brunn
Kendall Cederstrom
Kayla Dahl
Chelsey Dunkle
Jaclyn Edmonds
Emily Fowler
Becca Gusmer
Katie Hill
Laura Koch
Jenna Lewein
Taylor Light
Kaitlin Mincke
Marie Muscala
Caitlin Olson
Chelsea Pettit
Jessica Schmidt
Morgan Sickels
Stephanie Solfelt
Megan Smith
Jamie Vandenberg
Michelle Volz

Gophers in the Polls

The women’s cross country team has been moving up in the national USTFCCCA poll. Currently the Gophers are ranked No. 21 and were preseason ranked No. 30. Minnesota is now No. 2 in the Midwest Regional poll behind Iowa State.

What the Gophers have done so far in 2011…

- Minnesota won the Oz Memorial on Sept. 9 with a perfect team score of 15 points. 

- Stephanie Price picked up Big Ten Runner of the Week honors, after her first place finish at the Oz Memorial. 

- The Gophers finished in fifth place at the Roy Griak Invitational, beating three teams ranked ahead of them in the NCAA poll. 

- Price earned her second Big Ten Runner of the Week honor, after her fifth place finish at the Griak. 

- On Friday September 30, Minnesota’s second group finished second at the Blugold Invitational. Andrea Rediger led the Gophers, finishing sixth overall. 

- On October 1, the Gophers Top 12 runners ran to a first place finish at the South Dakota State Invitational. Price was once again Minnesota’s number one runner and won the individual title.

Looking Forward

Minnesota will host the Jack’s Run next Saturday October 22 at 10 a.m. This race is a fundraiser in memory of long time Gopher equipment manager Jack Johnson.  The race is a 6k and open to the public.  All proceeds go to the Jack Johnson Scholarship and the Angel Network. The following weekend the Gophers head to the 2011 Big Ten Championship on Sunday, October 30 at the University of Illinois Arboretum. The Gophers finished third overall in 2010.