UnFirst-year athlete Lisa Dyer led the Gophers to a fourth place finish of 112 points at the 2001 Big Ten Championships in Champaign, Illinois at the University of Illinois. Minnesota's finish is their lowest finish at a Big Ten meet since 1996 when they placed fifth. Michigan State University won the championship with a 35-point total. University of Michigan placed second followed by the University of Wisconsin in third.
Dyer, a Moorhead, Minn. native, placed eighth in the five-kilometer race, running a career best time of 17 minutes, 38.7 seconds. Dyer's run is the 12th fastest time ever by a Gopher runner at the Big Ten meet and the sixth-fastest time in school history for a first-year athlete.
Sophomore Darja Vasiljeva came in second for the Gophers, placing 15th overall with a time of 17:52.6. Senior Victoria Moses ran a career best time of 17:58 to place 19th, her highest Big Ten finish ever. Also running career bests were junior Anita Menden (18:13.7) sophomore Krista Anderson (18:14.7) and sophomore Laura Bjork (18:15), who finished 34th, 36th and 37th, respectively. Senior Amy Sas finished 46th overall with a time of 18:26.9, her first career 5K time.
Up next, the Gophers host Rocky's Run on Sunday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Les Bolstad Cross Country Course.