No. 21 Gophers Set for NCAAs
2017 NCAA Cross Country Championship
Date Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Location E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park | Louisville, Ky.
Time 8 a.m. CT Women's 6K | 9 a.m. CT Men's 10K
Meet Info Meet Info | Course Map
Coverage Live Results | FloTrack@GopherWCCTF | #Gophers | #ncaaXC

Nov. 13, 2017

Note: Reflects updated time schedule due to weather forecast.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- No. 21 Minnesota is set to race at the NCAA Cross Country Championship this Saturday in Louisville, Ky. The women's 6K race is scheduled for 8 a.m. CT with the men's 10K race to follow at 9 a.m. CT at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park.

About the 2017 NCAA Championship

The top 31 teams in the nation will race at the 2017 NCAA Championship hosted by the University of Louisville at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park on Saturday, Nov. 18. Admission is priced at $10 per person; admission is free for children ages 2 and under. 

The automatic qualifying women's teams for the 2017 NCAA Championship are Arkansas, Colorado, Dartmouth, Furman, Georgia, Iowa state, Michigan, Michigan state, Mississippi, NC State, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence, San Francisco, Stanford, Texas, and Villanova.

Minnesota joins Boise State, BYU, California, Columbia, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Oregon, Syracuse, Utah State, Washington, and Wisconsin as at-large women's team qualifiers.

FloTrack to Air NCAA Championship

FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, will broadcast the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships in a partnership with the NCAA and NCAA Digital -- managed by Turner Sports. The partnership includes exclusive live and on-demand coverage of both men's and women's NCAA Division I, II and III Championships.

NCAA cross country fans can watch the live streams of the NCAA Cross Country Championships as FloTrack Pro subscribers for a monthly price of $19.99 or an annual price of $150. The subscription will include access to all FloTrack live broadcasts, video on-demand from all events, documentaries, technique videos, and more. Since there is a registration process, it is recommended that fans register early.

Coverage of the championships can be accessed at www.FloTrack.com. A free replay of all three championship events will be available on FloTrack.com following the championships.

Gophers at the NCAA Championship

Minnesota has made 22 team appearances at the NCAA Championship since 1974. The program's highest team finish came in 2005 when the Gophers placed ninth. All-Americans Ladia Albertson-Junkans and Emily Brown led Minnesota's efforts. The ninth-place showing was the first of five-straight top-12 finishes for the Gophers.

The Gophers' most recent All-American is Stephanie Price, who finished 31st in 2010. Minnesota's all-time highest individual finisher at the NCAA championships is Megan Duwell, who took eighth overall in 2009.

Gophers at the 2017 NCAA Championship

Minnesota's postseason roster includes Courtney Alama, Bethany Hasz; Megan Hasz, Abby Kohut-Jackson, Zetta Mason, Bailey Ness, Patty O'Brien, Elyse Prescott, and Madeline Strandemo.

Last Time Out: NCAA Midwest Regional Rewind

Megan Hasz (fifth place), Madeline Strandemo (sixth place), and Bethany Hasz (seventh place) earned all-region honors to lead Minnesota to a third-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Midwest Regional. Abby Kohut-Jackson (21:13.6) and Bailey Ness (21:14.3) both posted career-best 6K times, placing 50th and 51st, respectively, to round out Minnesota's scoring finishes. The Gophers placed third in the team race with 119 points behind host Iowa State (90 points) and Oklahoma State (103 points).

Gophers Finish as B1G Runners-Up

Minnesota placed second in the team standings behind Madeline Strandemo's individual runner-up finish at the 2017 Big Ten Cross Country Championship. Strandemo led the Gophers with a career-best 6K time of 20:13.5 while Megan Hasz (fifth) and Bethany Hasz (10th) also earned top-10 finishes to lead Minnesota. Bailey Ness and Abby Kohut-Jackson completed Minnesota's scoring finishes in 30th and 39th, respectively. Minnesota scored 86 points to edge third-place Wisconsin with 100 points. Michigan placed all five of its scoring runners among the top 17 individuals to score 55 points for the team title. Penn State (107 points) and Michigan State (119 points) rounded out the top five teams.

Gophers Move Up All-Time List

With her career-best 6K performance of 20:14.5 at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, Madeline Strandemo moved into third on the Gophers' all-time list behind Stephanie Price (19:55.50) and Megan Duwell (20:06.90); Strandemo improved her PR by one second at the B1G Championship (20:13.5). Megan Hasz (20:16.0) and Bethany Hasz (20:16.9) also posted PRs at the meet in Wisconsin to move into fourth and sixth, respectively, in Gopher history.

Abby Kohut-Jackson moved into 34th among all-time Gophers with a PR of 21:13.57 at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Likewise, Bailey Ness posted a career-best 6K of 21:14.23 at the NCAA Midwest Regional for 36th all-time.

Gophers Slip to No. 21 in USTFCCCA Week Seven Poll

Following the team's third-place showing at the NCAA Midwest Regional, the Gophers slipped to No. 21 in the nation according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Week Seven National Coaches' Poll.

Historic NCAA Streak Ends

Minnesota returns to the NCAA Championship in 2017 after seeing a historic streak of consecutive NCAA Championship bids come to an end last year. The Gophers made 11-straight NCAA appearances from 2005 to 2015. Last year, Madeline Strandemo represented Minnesota as an at-large individual qualifier at the NCAA meet after the Gophers placed fourth at the NCAA Midwest Regional and did not advance as a team.

Who's Back?

Minnesota's 2017 roster includes all top nine runners from last year's postseason roster led by individual NCAA qualifier Madeline Strandemo. Bethany Hasz and Megan Hasz join Strandemo as returning NCAA all-region performers.

Quintet Serving as Captains

Five captains are leading this year's team: first-year captains Amelia Barczi, Bailey Ness, Patty O'Brien, and Paige Peschel and returning captain Madeline Strandemo.

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