Nov. 5, 2013
NEW ORLEANS – After placing third at last weekend's 2013 Big Ten Conference Championship, the Minnesota women's cross country team slipped one place to No. 16 in this week’s USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Coaches' Poll (Nov. 5).
Following last week’s conference championship action, Pac-12 champion Arizona maintained the No. 1 ranking, followed by No. 2 Providence (Big East champion), No. 3 Arkansas (SEC champion), No. 4 Georgetown (Big East runner-up), and No. 5 Florida State (ACC champion).
Big Ten champion Michigan State (No. 6) and Big Ten runner up Michigan (No. 14) kept their rankings, while fellow conference foe Penn State slipped one spot to No. 30. Previous No. 21 Indiana and No. 28 Wisconsin dropped out of this week’s poll.
NCAA Midwest Regional opponent Iowa State moved up one place to No. 7, while Oklahoma State received 11 votes this week.
The Gophers maintained their second-place ranking in the USTFCCCA Regional Cross Country Rankings this week, behind top-ranked regional host Iowa State. The Cyclones are the three-time defending regional champions and will host next week's NCAA Midwest Regional meet on Friday, Nov. 15 in Ames, Iowa.
Minnesota hosts its final home meet of the season this weekend with the 33rd annual running of Rocky’s Run at Les Bolstad Course on Sunday morning. The open 6K race begins at 10:30 a.m. CT.
Gophers in the 2013 National Coaches' Poll
Preseason: No. 19
Sept. 17: No. 20
Sept. 24: No. 19
Oct. 1: No. 23
Oct. 8: No. 22
Oct. 22: No. 15
Nov. 5: No. 16
Gophers in the 2013 Division I Regional Rankings
Preseason: No. 1
Sept. 16: No. 1
Sept. 23: No. 1
Sept. 30: No. 2
Oct. 7: No. 2
Oct. 21: No. 2
Nov. 4: No. 2
Gophers Earn Top-20 NCAA Finish
Minnesota finished 18th in the team race for its highest NCAA finish since 2009.
Berkholtz Honored By USATF Minnesota
Senior Liz Berkholtz was named the USATF Minnesota Female Athlete of the Month for October.
No. 23 Gophers Head to NCAA Championship
Fifth-year seniors Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick lead Minnesota into its 11th-straight NCAA Championship this weekend.