Gophers to Host Rocky's Run in Home Finale
Nov. 6, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 16 Minnesota women’s cross country team 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.
2012 Rocky’s Run Rewind
Cassy Opitz was the top female finisher in the open 6K race with a time of 22:44 at the 2012 Rocky’s Run on Nov. 4, 2012. Kate Bucknam finished second in 22:50, and Jamie Vandenberg was the third Gopher to cross the finish line in 22:58.
About Rocky’s Run
Rocky's Run was founded in 1981 to honor former Gopher runner Rochelle "Rocky" Racette, who died in a car crash that fall at age 22. Racette was a Big Ten and Drake Relays champion in the 5,000 meters at Minnesota. She was also crowned homecoming queen one fall when an injury prevented her from competing in cross country.
Racette's legacy lives on through the memory of those who knew her, and through Rocky’s Run and the scholarship for which it raises money.
Last Time Out: Docherty, Gophers Place Third at Big Tens
Senior Laura Docherty finished third in the individual standings to lead Minnesota to a third place team finish at the 2013 Big Ten Conference Championship. Docherty clocked in at 21:03.9, narrowly edging fourth-place finisher Michelle Thomas of Ohio State (21:04.1) and fifth-place finisher Katie Landwehr of Michigan State (21:04.4).
Junior Molly Kayfes and senior Maggie Bollig joined Docherty in earning All-Big Ten honors. Kayfes was eighth in 21:10.8, and Bollig came in 13th overall in 21:25.2. Docherty was named to the All-Big Ten first team, while Kayfes and Bollig earned second team honors.
Gophers Slip to No. 16
Minnesota 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.
Up Next: NCAA Midwest Regional
The Gophers resume their postseason slate at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet on Friday, Nov. 15 in Ames, Iowa. The NCAA qualifying women’s race is set for 1:15 p.m. CT, following the men’s race at noon.
The top two teams and top four individuals not on an advancing team move on to the 2013 NCAA Championships, held in Terra Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 23. Additional teams and individuals are chosen through an at-large selection process following the regional competition.