Nov. 9, 2011
The No. 30 Minnesota women's cross country team is set to compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional. The event will be held Saturday in DeKalb, Ill.
2011 NCAA MIDWEST REGIONAL
The NCAA Midwest Regional will be hosted by the Northern Illinois University. The women's 6K race is scheduled to follow the men’s 10K race at 1:15 p.m. The top two teams from every region will advance automatically to NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, IN. The rest of the 31-team field (13 at-large) will be announced on Sunday, no later than 6 p.m. CT. The top 4 individuals not on qualifying teams will also make the trip to Terre Haute.
LAST YEAR AT THE MIDWEST REGIONAL
Minnesota finished third a year ago at the Midwest Regional behind Iowa State and Oklahoma State. The Gophers scored 118 points behind the Cyclones 35 and Cowboys 105. All-American Stephanie Price won the overall title with a time of 20:01.48.
IN THE RANKINGS
Minnesota is currently ranked No.3 in the USTFCCCA Regional rankings. Iowa State sits at the top and Oklahoma State is No 2.
Sophomore Laura Docherty was named as a 2011 Big Ten sportsmanship honoree. Athletes named to the list are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
PRICE LOOKS TO DEFEND REGIONAL TITLE
Senior All-American Stephanie Price won the 2010 Midwest Regional in Peoria, Ill last season. Price went all the way down to the wire with Iowa State’s Betsy Sania, to win by 6-hundredths of a second (0.14).
The 2011 NCAA Championships will be held on Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. The Gophers will need to finish first or second to automatically make the 31-team field. If not they will rely on points accumulated in early season races to be awarded an at-large bid to the Championships.