Gophers to Host Last Race of 2011 with Annual Rocky's Run

Go Gophers! Sophomore Missa Varpness is this years Rocky Racette Memorial Scholarship winner
Go Gophers!
Sophomore Missa Varpness is this years Rocky Racette Memorial Scholarship winner
Go Gophers!

Nov. 4, 2011

On Sunday the Minnesota Women’s cross country team will be hosting the 31st annual Rocky’s Run. Rocky's Run is a race named after Rochelle `Rocky' Anne Racette, who passed away in 1981 from injuries she sustained in a car accident. Each year one member of the women's team is presented with a Rocky Racette Memorial Scholarship, which is in Rocky's honor. This year’s recipient of the scholarship is Sophomore Missa Varpness. The 6k race will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Last Time Out

The Gophers finished fifth at the 2011 Big Ten Championships over the weekend. Minnesota came in ranked No.5 and was hoping to pick up a couple spots.

"We knew it would be a tough meet with several nationally ranked opponents, but we thought we had a shot to finish in the top three if we performed at the level we are capable of," Head Coach Gary Wilson said after the race. "As it turned out, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State ran about as well as they could have and Wisconsin un-redshirted a senior who helped them finish in fourth."

First Team All-Big Ten for Price

Senior All-American Stephanie Price finished fifth overall at the Big Ten Championships. With her fifth place finish, the senior was earned a First Team All-Conference accolade. This was the second consecutive year that Price was named to the First Team.

Four New PR’s

Four Gophers set new personal best times for their careers at the Big Ten Championships. Junior Andrea Rediger (21:56), sophomores Maggie Bollig (21:16), Laura Docherty (21:29) and freshman Molly Kayfes (20:49) all set new personal best times for the maroon and gold.


 

 

Docherty Sportsmanship Award Winner

Sophomore Laura Docherty was named to the Sportsmanship Award List for 2011.

Docherty, who is a native of St. Paul, Minn., has raced in five races for the Gophers this season. As mentioned before, she set a new personal best on a 6k course at this past weekend’s Big Ten Championships after she covered the course in 21:29.

To be named to this list, student-athletes were chosen as individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The student-athlete must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Back in the Polls

After an absence from the USTFCCCA Division I National Polls, the Golden Gophers are back in the top 30. Minnesota sits at No. 30 in the country after this week’s new rankings.

Looking Ahead
The Gophers will race next at the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday November 12, in DeKalb, Ill. Northern Illinois will be hosting this year's event where 33Midwest Division I cross country programs will compete. Race time is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. CST.

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