Big Ten Streak Ended, Gophers Third in Tight Race Senior Megan Duwell finished third overall to lead the Golden Gophers at the Big Ten Championships.
The Minnesota women’s cross country team won the previous two Big Ten Cross Country Championships by single digits. This season, the result was once again decided by a margin of nine points between the top three teams, but the Golden Gophers were on the short end placing third.
Penn State captured its first Big Ten cross country title with 71 points, hosting the Championships on their home course. Senior Bridget Franek won the individual title with a time of 20:03. Illinois finished second with 77 points, followed by Minnesota with 80.
The Gophers were led by senior Megan Duwell, who placed third in a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 23 seconds to match the third-fastest (Jamie Cheever, 2007) 6-kilometer time in school history. Duwell earns her second All-Big Ten First Team award.
True freshman Kayla Wagner continues to impress, placing 14th overall in 21:06 and earning All-Big Ten Second Team honors.
Completing the Gophers’ scoring was Stephanie Price, Heather Dorniden and Elizabeth Yetzer. Price, a sophomore, finished 18th in the Big Ten Cross Country Championships crossing the finish line in a time of 21:19. Dorniden was 20th in a time of 21:21, while Yetzer finished 25th in 21:29. Other Gophers competing were Mallory Van Ness, who placed 29th in 21:31; and Amy Laskowske, who placed 34th in 21:38.
Minnesota now turns its attention to the NCAA Midwest Region Championships on Nov. 14 in Springfield, Mo.